By Eseoghene Emuke
The Court of Appeal sitting in Benin, the Edo State Capital, on Friday dismissed a case filed by Senator Ovie Omo-Agege seeking a leave of court to appeal the Asaba Federal High Court Judgement which sacked the Prophet Jones Erue-led faction of the Delta State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Also dismissed, is a case filed by the House of Representatives-elect, Rev Francis Ejiroghene Waive.
The Federal High Court Asaba had sacked the Erue-led faction of Delta APC which produced Senator Omo-Agege and Waive as candidate of the party in the 2019 general elections.
Delivering ruling on Friday, the court presided over by Hon. Justice Philomena Mbua Ekpe held that the plaintiffs could not claim to be unaware of the case thus could not seek to be joined or challenged the judgement.
Justice Ekpe, who led the three-man panel which included Hon. Justice Tunde Oyebamiji and Hon. Justice Aseimn Abraham Adumein, however, dismissed the case for lack of merit.
It also awarded N300,000 each the two applicants.
Meanwhile, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, said the consent judgement which produced the Prophet Jones Erue-led faction where he emerged the APC Senatorial candidate for Delta Central is still binding as it had been challenged.
He told WARRI TODAY that he remains the Senator-elect since the ruling of the consent judgement has not been vacated by their opponents.
The lawmaker urged the people of Delta Central and indeed his faction of the APC to remain calm in face of the present challenges as he was never a party to the Asaba Federal High Court ruling.