By Chidi Nkwopara
OWERRI—An Imo State High Court, has discharged the interim injunction restraining the state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, from conducting congresses to elect wards, state and local government executives.
Trial judge in the matter, Justice Theophilus Nzeukwu, handed down the order, after listening to the arguments advanced by the defendant’s counsel, Mr. O. Obianwu, SAN, and that of the pliantiff, Mr. D. Agbo.
In his ruling, Justice Nzeukwu held that it was equitable and in the interest of justice that the order placed on the PDP congresses be vacated “and is hereby vacated”.
Vanguard recalls that following this development, there is no other legal impediment on the way of Imo PDP from holding its congresses.
Meanwhile, members of the PDP in the state have been alerted that the party’s congresses will hold as earlier scheduled by the leadership and in compliance with the dictate of Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
According to a press statement signed by the state Chairman, Chief Marcellinus Nlemigbo, the ward congress will hold today, while the local government and state congresses will hold Saturday, October 30 and Monday, November 1, 2010, respectively.
He also advised PDP loyalists to completely discountenance any rumour about cancellation, turn out en-masse and participate in an orderly manner for a peaceful and successful congress.