Wike and Atiku

Lawyer’s illness stalls Atiku, Wike’s suit

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The absence of counsel for Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, Wilfred Okoi, in a suit challenging the validity of the candidacy of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar as the standard bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party in the 2023 general elections on Wednesday stalled the hearing in the suit at a Federal High Court in Abuja.

Okoi was in court early in the day but was said to have suddenly taken ill and had to hurriedly leave the courtroom.

A PDP chieftain, Newgent Ekamon, who instituted the suit alongside Wike, informed Justice Ahmed Mohammed that the lawyer had to leave when his health deteriorated.

Ekamon pleaded with the judge to grant an adjournment given the development.

The PDP National Legal Adviser, Adeyemi Ajibade (SAN), did not object to the request for an adjournment because anybody can fall sick at any time.

Justice Mohammed subsequently fixed October 7 for the hearing of the suit.

Although in the suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/782/2022, Wike and Ekamon are listed as the plaintiffs, the governor had since denied instituting the suit.


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