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Ufomba loses suit challenging dissolution of PDP exco

Abuja — An  Abuja High Court Friday dismissed a suit filed by Mr Reagan Ufomba, former Special Adviser to Gov. Orji Uzor Kalu, challenging the dissolution of the PDP Executive Council in Abia State.
It would be recalled that the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party on August 4 dissolved the Abia executive of the party.

In his ruling, the vacation Judge, Justice Peter Kekemeke, said the party’s constitution empowered the NWC to act for the National Executive Committee of the party in an emergency.

He also ruled that it was only the party which had the power to determine what translates to an emergency to it.

Kekemeke further ruled that the plaintiff did not exhaust the internal mechanisms for the resolution of conflicts in the party before he dashed to court, as such, the plaintiff had violated the provisions of the party’s constitution which he said he wanted to protect.

Ufomba had so far made three unsuccessful attempts for the party’s gubernatorial ticket in Abia.

He had approached the court to stop the NWC of the PDP from surrendering its platform to Gov. Theodore Orji, who he claimed was not a registered member of the party.

Orji, the incumbent governor of Abia, defected from the Peoples Progressive Alliance (PPA) and was given a waiver to be re-admitted into the party.

The plaintiff,  through his Counsel, Mr Paul Eshiemomoh, had asked the court to determine whether he as a member of PDP had the right to approach the court for intervention in an abuse of the party’s constitution.

He claimed that as a financial member of the party he had the right to enforce his constitutional rights.

Ufomba argued that Article 7 (1) to (9) of the PDP Constitution “promotes the political interest of members.”

But he said “the attempt by the NWC to draft in Orji as the party’s gubernatorial candidate in the forthcoming election infringes on his political interest.”

He also wondered why the party’s leadership would trample on a member’s rights and interest to satisfy a “prodigal son and a political bastard”, who has no evidence of membership of the party.

Relying on the provisions of the party’s constitution dealing with returnee members, Ufomba reiterated that the governor as a prodigal son, who sought to return to the party’s fold, must comply with the provisions of the constitution.

The imposition of Orji, he argued, was a violation of the party’s laws and an infringement on his own political interest and rights.

The PDP represented by Chief Abdulqadir Ajana prayed the court to dismiss the suit.
Ajana said that the prayer sought by the plaintiff could not be entertained by the court and that no court has the power to meddle in issues of nomination and sponsorship of candidates for an election.

Ajana argued that the only condition under which the court could step into an issue is if a candidate is being substituted, wherein the court must insist on a cogent and verifiable reason as contained in the Electoral Act 2006

According to the counsel, the current issue in the party at the state is entirely on a different pedestal.


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