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Court strikes out suit against Gov Uzodimma over appointment of Chief Judge

A Federal High Court in Abuja has struck out a suit instituted against the National Judicial Council, NJC and Imo State governor, Sen. Hope Uzodimma to challenge the suitability of Justice Ijeoma Agugua as the substantive Chief Judge of Imo State.

Information available to Eastern Lead Express, states that the court action instituted by Hon Justin Brown Amadi who claimed to be a taxpayer was struck out by Justice Inyang Eden Ekwo on the ground that the plaintiff has no locus standi to file the suit.

 Hon Amadi had earlier joined Imo State Judicial Commission, Imo State governor, Imo State Attorney General, Imo State House of Assembly and Justice Ijeoma Agugua as other defendants in the matter.

He had requested that the court should consider if the NJC has the capacity to recommend a suitable person for appointment as Chief Judge for Imo State according to the provision of section 158 of the 1999 constitution.

Also he applied for court order to restrain the NJC from recommending the Judge as the substantive Chief Judge for Imo State.

He also claimed that his right to fair hearing will be breached if Justice Agugua is made the substantive Chief Judge without attending to his petition.

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Following the development, the defendants filed separate preliminary objections against the suit to query the legal right of the plaintiff in the Chief Judge appointment.

The defendants contended that being a mere taxpayer in Imo State cannot confer legal right to Amadi to hold Governor Uzodimma and institutions to ransom in the discharge of their judicial and legitimate official functions.

However, according to judgment, Justice Ekwo agreed that Amadi has no legal right to maintain such a suit before a court of record.

Also he held that the plaintiff completely failed to prove how his legal right will be jeopardized if the defendants are allowed to perform their duties.

“The plaintiff failed to show how his personal right overrides those of the entire people of Imo state as being a taxpayer is not enough to institute such an action.

“In a suit of this nature, plaintiff must establish that his personal interest and legal right are real and tangible in law and not personal aggrandizement as done in this matter.

“From the totality of the case of the plaintiff, he acted in bad faith with utter malice. He embarked on adventures without a cause. His case is simply mischievous.

“I disagree with the plaintiff that his right to fair hearing will be breached unless his petition against Justice Agugua is treated first by the NJC.

“To allow the plaintiff to go ahead with this kind of suit will amount to an individual holding a statutory body into ransom.

“This case is liable to be struck out and I hereby accordingly strike it out for lacking in merit and substance,” the Judges held.

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