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Judge withdraws from suit filed by Okorocha

Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the Federal High Court, Abuja withdrew from the suit filed by Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State in respect of his Certificate of Return.

Okorocha had gone to court seeking an order compelling the Independent National Electoral Commission to issue him a Certificate of Return as the Senator-elect for Imo West Senatorial District.

When the matter came up for hearing, Justice Taiwo announced his decision to recuse himself from adjudicating on the matter based on allegations of bias against him.

He further announced that the case file would be returned to the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Adamu Abdu- Kafarati, for reassignment to another judge.

The judge said his decision was sequel to allegations of bias made against him by candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party for the February 23 National Assembly elections, Jones Onyeriri; and that of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, Senator Osita Izunaso.

Onyeriri, in his petition, asked the judge to disqualify himself from the suit because of utterances he made in court.

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