Oron Union: Court Dismisses PG’s Application to Bar Service of Originating Process


The Federal High Court sitting in Uyo on Thursday, June 23, dismissed an application filed by the President-General of Oron Union, Bishop Etim Ante which sought the court to set aside his service of originating process.

In a suit filed by a Lagos-based rights activist, Alexander Asuquo, Hon. Justice Adegoke held that having already been aware of the suit and has taken part in the proceedings, the 2nd Defendant could not turn around to complain of improper service.

It could be recalled that the Plaintiff filed the action in Lagos in 2020, seeking judicial interpretation of some relevant sections of Oron Union Constitution, vis-a-vis the qualification of the 2nd Defendant to be the PG of Oron Union.

The matter was transferred from Lagos to Uyo on the application of the Defendants.

Speaking with our correspondent, the Plaintiff stated that, “the 2nd Defendant wanted to take the court back in time to the era when technicality reigned supreme.

Alex Asuquo said, “The courts are now more inclined to dispensing substantial, as against technical justice.

“With this ruling, I have no doubt that justice would be done in this matter”, he concluded.

The case was adjourned to 26/09/22 for hearing of the substantive suit and preliminary objection.

It could be recalled that the President-General had, December 2021, won his second term on office, while the suit was still pending.


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