Cross River State Governor, Prof. Ben Ayade

The Supreme Court will, tomorrow, hear the appeal by ex-governorship aspirant of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Cross River State, Mr. Joe Agi (SAN), challenging Governor Ben Ayade’s candidacy.

A notice of hearing issued in Calabar, the state capital, by the court’s Head of Litigation, Mr. Ibrahim Gold, said: “Take note that the above appeal will be listed for hearing before the Supreme Court of Nigeria sitting at 9 am on Tuesday, September 27.”

In a pre-election suit, Agi sued Ayade and others at the Federal High Court, claiming, among other things, that Ayade paraded different age declarations.

The plaintiff averred that in line with PDP’s constitution, Ayade was not qualified to be the party’s candidate.

Agi said since he came second in the party’s primary, he should be declared its candidate.

The politician lost the case at the High Court.

Justice Abdul Kafarati on July 31, last year, dismissed the matter on the grounds that the plaintiff did not prove his case beyond reasonable doubt.

Justice Tinuade Akomolefe of the Appeal Court, who led three other judges, also upheld the lower court’s verdict.

But Agi headed to the Supreme Court to further contest the matter.

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