ByÂ Ise-Oluwa Ige
ABUJAâ€”A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, yesterday issued an interim order stopping the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), from acting on the resolutions of the September 2, 2009Â convention organised by the Chief Chekwas Okorie faction of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).
The convention held contrary to a valid court order issued by Justice Gideon Kolawole of the Abuja Federal High Court barring Okorie from convening same and INEC from monitoring it.
But the order of the court was treated with contempt.
The Okorie faction of APGA had, at the convention ground, expelled Governor Peter Obi of Anambra State; the National Chairman of APGA, Chief Victor Umeh, among others, from the party over alleged anti-party activities.
But at the resumed hearing of the on-going litigation on the issue yesterday, the trial high court judge, Justice Gideon Kolawole fumed over what he called disobedience to his order.
He said he would have ordinarily issued an order setting aside the convention but that in the interest of justice and principle of fair hearing, he said he would avail the alleged contemnors the opportunity of showing cause why the order annulling the convention must not issue.