PDP lawyer dumps party in suit involving APC, INEC

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Mr Ferdinand Orbih (SAN), counsel to
the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP,
in the political matter involving the
party, the All Progressives Congress,
APC, and the Independent National
Electoral Commission, INEC, in Rivers,
says he has withdrawn his legal
services to the party.
NAN reports that Orbih, a Senior
Advocate of Nigeria SAN, announced
his withdrawal on Wednesday in Port
Harcourt during the Court of Appeal
sitting.
He said his withdrawal from the
political matter was personal and on
“compassionate ground”.
The SAN had on Feb. 5, argued that
the court should not entertain APC’s
appeal against the judgment of
Justice Kolawole Omotosho of the
Federal High Court Judgment of Jan.
7 barring APC from presenting
candidates for the general elections
He had argued that APC brought the
lower court record of proceeding
directly instead of the court registrar.
Orbih said that his withdrawal did not
affect the applications he had filed
before the court.
“My name is on the applications;
withdrawal of appearance and not
withdrawal of any application.
“If there is the need to contribute, I
will. I am not a frivolous person,” he
said.
Mr Prince Azunda and Mustapha
Ibrahim, counsels to APC, argued that
there should be “consequence for the
withdrawal”.
They contended that Orbih’s
withdrawal amounted to a defeat of
his applications.
“There must be a consequence of his
withdrawal,” they said.
Ruling on the issue of withdrawal,
Justice Ali Gumail, the lead judge,
said it was the SAN’s constitutional
right as ‘‘there is no urgency in this
matter.”
The court adjourned until Feb. 13 for
pending motions to enable PDP to
get a replacement for Orbih.
The SAN told reporters outside the
court room that there was no under
current in his withdrawal, adding that
he had his “professional philosophy”.

4 thoughts on “PDP lawyer dumps party in suit involving APC, INEC

  1. the man is wise,what will it profit him if he proceed with case and maybe win it eventually but lost his life or put his family at huge risk of being killed

  2. the man is wise,what will it profit him if he proceed with case and maybe win it eventually but lost his life or put his family at huge risk of being killed

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