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Court nullifies Ohanaeze Ndigbo election in Delta

By Emma Amaize
WARRI—A Warri High Court presided over by Justice T.C. Makwe has invalidated the election of new executive officers of Ohanaeze-Ndigbo in Delta Central and South senatorial districts of the state.

The court ruling set aside the purported election and swearing of Engr. Chinyerem Nwamuo, Nichodemus Eze and Chief Osisioma as the president, Ist vice-president and Secretary respectively, pending the determination of the main suit.

The plaintiffs and applicants, who are state chairman of Ohaneze Ndigbo, Chief Obi Modestus Nwaka,  secretary, Chief. A.E Ogbonna Igwe and publicity secretary, Chief kingsley Maduka, had dragged another Igbo leader, Chief Cyril Anichebe, and the then Ohanaeze president to court to set aside the purported election.

The plaintiffs had prayed the court to set aside the purported election and swearing- in of the officers as well nullify all elections, pending the determination of the main case in court.

They  also prayed the court for an interlocutory injunction restraining the “purported officers from organizing this year’s Igbo Day celebration and also to declare the crowning of Ezeudo title,  as well as the award of honour of grand patron and patrons to certain persons as illegal, null and void”

Delivering his ruling, Justice Makwe, said that the defendant was served with the motion but did not file a counter affidavit.

He remarked that the acts of the defendants of conferment of grand patron, patrons and the crowning of individuals as Ezeudo, the celebration of the 2008 Igbo Day and the election of new officers of Ohanaeze Ndigbo was disrespectful and calculated to render nugatory any order the court might make on the merits after the hearing of the motion for interlocutory injunction.

“Consequently, I hold that this application is meritorious and I declare that the election, swearing in, crowning and awards of honour by the defendants on the “purported elected officers” are hereby set aside pending the determination of the main case , which has been adjourned to November 11th, 2009 for hearing”, he ruled


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