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Supreme Court writes Edozie Njoku, addresses him as ‘APGA National Chairman’

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The Supreme Court of Nigeria has authenticated and confirmed Chief Edozie Njoku as the National Chairman of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), amidst the controversy surrounding the party’s leadership lingering for some years.

This was contained in a letter signed by the Chief Registrar of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, Hajo S A I Bello, Esq., on behalf of the Chief Justice Of Nigeria, dated 19th January, 2023, with reference number SC/CV/687/20221.

Addressing Chief Edozie Njoku as the National Chairman of APGA, Bello, in the letter entitled “Request for the authentication and confirmation of the Supreme Court judgement in suit no. SC/CV/687/2021 between Chief Jude Okeke & All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) ors“, advised him on the legal steps to gain legal recognition and assume full leadership of the party.

He advised Njoku  to bring an application pursuant to Order 8, Rule 16, of the Rules of the Supreme Court seeking to correct the accidental slip in “the judgment (in which the name of Chief Victor Oye was erroneously mentioned instead of Chief Edozie Njoku), the actual suspended Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA)” [emphasis ours].

Bello, therefore, urged Njoku to file the necessary application immediately for the necessary action.

He wrote: “I am directed by the Honourable, the Chief Justice of Nigeria to acknowledge the receipt of your letter dated 7th day of October, 2022, wherein by way of a letter to the Honourable Justice Mary Peter Odili, JSC Rtd, you requested for a correction of a slip at page 13, lines 3-4, of the judgment (in which the name of Chief Victor Oye was erroneously mentioned instead of Chief Edozie Njoku), the actual suspended Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).

“What you ought to have done is to bring an application pursuant to Order 8 Rule 16 of the Rules of this Court seeking to correct the accidental slip in the judgment.

“Consequent upon the foregoing, you are hereby advised to file the necessary application for same as provided in the Court’s Rules as follows:

The Court shall not review any judgment once given and delivered by it save to correct any clerical mistake or some error arising from any accidental slip or omission, or to vary the judgment or order so as to give effect to its meaning or intention.

“A judgment or order shall not be varied when it correctly represents what the Court decided nor shall the operative and substantive part of it be varied and a different form substituted”.

“Please accept the assurances of the Honourable, the Chief Justice’s warm regard.”

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