The Abuja Division of the Federal High Court, on Tuesday, proceeded with the certificate of return case filed by Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State in spite of a petition by the third defendant, Osita Izunaso.
Izunaso, who was the APC governorship candidate in the state, had petitioned the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Adamu Abdu-Kafarati, saying he felt shut out of the matter and was being denied fair hearing.
At the resumed hearing, the trial judge, Okon Abang, said he had received the petition but that hearing in the matter would proceed accordingly since Izunaso had failed to serve the petition on other parties as required by law.
The judge held that the law was clear on that issue and that except otherwise provided, a lawyer shall not deliver to a judge a petition without delivering same to the opposing lawyers.
The matter has been adjourned until May 22 for continuation of hearing.
Okorocha was in court asking for an order compelling the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to issue him with a Certificate of Return as the Senator- elect for Imo West Senatorial District.