Mohammed Danjuma Goje
Ex-governor of Gombe State and lawmaker representing Gombe Central, Mohammed Danjuma Goje has filed an appeal against the judgement upholding his expulsion from the All Progressives Congress (APC) for alleged anti-party activities.
Justice Obiora Egwuatu of the federal high court sitting in Abuja, had dismissed the former Governor's lawsuit challenging his expulsion from the APC for lacking in merit.
Goje filed a stay of execution at the Court of Appeal in Abuja.
In the appeal filed by his counsel Paul Erokoro (SAN), Goje claimed that the high court judge relied on the technicality that the deponent was a practicing lawyer in the law firm representing Goje; although he was not involved in the suit. The lawmaker stated that it was not substantial justice.
He also said the lower court erred in its finding that his right to a fair hearing was not violated when the hearing was conducted in absentia and on an earlier date than the notice to him.
He said the letter to him by the Tanimu Abdullahi committee did not state the particulars of the alleged anti-party activities, adding that he had shown that the notice was actuated by malice.
Goje urged the appellate court to maintain the status quo in the matter pending the determination of the appeal.