All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) candidate in the House of Representatives, April 2011 election in Idah Federal Constituency of Kogi State, Mr. Sam Adejoh Okedi has approached the Court of Appeal in Abuja asking it to revisit its earlier judgement when it ordered Kogi State Election Petition Tribunal to re-hear the petition filed by the candidate.
Mr Sam Adejoh Okedi had filed a petition against the victory of Hon Ismail Husseini Inah of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) before the tribunal which confirmed the election of Hon Inah.
Dissatisfied with the tribunal’s decision, Okedi appealed against the judgement at the Court of Appeal in Abuja which ordered a re-trial by another tribunal panel.
The new tribunal panel however declined jurisdiction on the grounds that the 180 days and even the 60 days for election petition appeal has lapsed. Besides, the decisions of the Supreme Court on such cases are enough for the tribunal to exercise restraint and decline jurisdiction.
The petitioner appealed against the re-trial tribunal panel decision at the appeal court and at the hearing stage he withdrew his appeal which was consequently struck out by the appellate court.
The petitioner/appellant turned round to file another appeal before the court of appeal a day after he withdrew his appeal, this time round asking the appeal court to vary its earlier judgement when it made an order for the re-trial of his petition by the tribunal.
The petitioner/appellant wants the appeal court to replace its order for re-trial with an order declaring him winner of the House of Reps election in the April 2011 elections.
In a notice of appeal filed on April 27, 2012, Okedi asked the appeal court to declare that he won the election to the House of Representatives by majority of lawful votes cast in the Idah federal constituency of Kogi State on April 9, 2011.