For the second time, a judge has reportedly withdrawn from the suit Governor Rochas Okorocha filed against the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Okorocha filed a suit seeking the court to compel the electoral umpire to give him his certificate of return haven been declared winner of the senatorial election in Imo West.
The second Judge withdrew from Okorocha’s certificate of return suit, over a week after the first judge, Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the Federal High Court in Abuja withdrew from the case.
It was gathered that after Justice Taiwo withdrew from the case on April 10, it was reassigned to Justice Okon Abang also of the Federal High Court in Abuja.
Punch reported that Justice Abang was said to have on April 11 fixed April 18 for hearing in the suit. However on the date fixed for the hearing, Justice Abang announced his decision to withdraw from the suit.
According to him, he withdrew from the case after Okorocha’s letter to the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Adamu Abdu-Kafarati, asking for the transfer of the case to another judge.
Okorocha disclosed that he wanted the case transferred, because his opponents in the case were jubilating that Justice Abang would dismiss the case.