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Court aborts PDP NEC meeting

…stops it from taking decision on 19 suspended members

 By Ise-Oluwa Ige & Ikechukwu Nnochiri

 ABUJA—An Abuja high court sitting at Gudu yesterday issued an interim order stopping the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, from holding its National Executive Committee meeting indefinitely.

The party’s National Executive Committee is scheduled to meet today in Abuja but for the court order

The high court which issued the interim order on the request of 19 top members of the political party, including former Senate President, Ken Nnamani said the order subsists until the hearing and determination of the law  suit brought before it.

Besides, the high court yesterday issued a separate interim order restraining the National Executive Committee of PDP from acting on the alleged suspension of all the 19 aggrieved party members that had submitted to the jurisdiction of the court pending the hearing and determination of their law suit

Former Senate President, Ken Nnamani alongside 18 others were suspended by the ruling PDP recently. They were aggrieved by the decision and they went to court.

 Named as respondents in the case were the PDP, Prince Vincent Ogbulafor, Alhaji Abubakar Kawu Baraje and Prof. Rufai Ahmed Alkali, as the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th respondents respectively.

 Besides Nnamani, the 18 others that took the originating motion against the PDP are  Alhaji Aminu Masari, Chief Onyema Ugochukwu, Chief Tony Ukasanya, Senator Adolphus Wabara and Chief Sunny Iroche.

Others are Senator Emmanuel Abgoti, Senator Sylvanus Ngele, Senator Ifeanyichukwu Ararume, Chief Ackie Udenwa, Chief Rochas Okorocha and Chief Chris Ekpeyong.

Chief Abiye Sekibo, Hon Auwal Tukur, Hon Bawa Bwari, Prof A B C Nwosu, Dr Peter Odili, Kelechi Igwe and Chief Bernard Eze are also on the list of the suspended members of the party who dragged PDP to court. 

The aggrieved party members who were suspended from the party had the fear yesterday that the issue of their suspension might be an item on the agenda, hence, the rush to the court.

Former Attorney-General of the Federation, Mr Kanu Agabi, SAN, who filed the exparte application for them argued it yesterday evening.

After hearing him out, Justice Talba in a short ruling granted all the applicants leave to bring the case before the court for the purpose of reviewing and quashing their suspension from the party.

He also granted an interim injunction restraining all the respondents from acting on the decision suspending them pending determination of their originating motion.

Besides, he also issued a separate order restraining the PDP from holding its NEC meeting scheduled for today or on any other day pending determination of the originating motion.

In fact, Kanu Agabi  succeeded in getting all the reliefs requested by the aggrieved party members.

 In the originating processes filed by the plaintiffs before the court but yet to be heard on its merit, the 19 suspended members of the party are seeking to quash the decision of the PDP suspending them over their alleged anti-party activities.

The judge has however adjourned further hearing in the matter till May 10, 2010.


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