By Ise-Oluwa Ige
ABUJA—A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja yesterday restrained the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, from dissolving the Peoples Democratic Party executives in Delta State.
The judge, Justice Abdul Kafarati, who issued the interim order yesterday, also restrained INEC from interfering in the affairs of the party in the state and from preventing the plaintiffs from discharging their functions as members of the state executive committee of PDP, Delta State.
The injunctions followed a multiple request by the Chairman of Delta State, PDP, Chief Peter Nwaoboshi, and Secretary, Chief Solomon Ogba, before the court.
The duo had sued INEC for themselves and on behalf of the Delta State Executive Committee of PDP.
The interim orders, however, were made ex-parte, (without the other party) yesterday.
They are to subsist, pending the determination of a motion on notice by Delta State PDP.
The application was argued by Chief Pius Ikwueto, SAN. INEC and PDP were the only defendants in the suit.
Justice Kafarati, in the suit, also restrained INEC and the National Secretariat of the party from acting on/and implementing the letters dated June 23, 2010, and September 27, 2010, written by INEC.
Justice Kafarati also restrained INEC from excluding the present leadership of the party in Delta State from participating in the forthcoming 2011 general elections.
The court also barred INEC from refusing to accept candidates to be nominated by the PDP executives in Delta State for the 2011 general elections.
The case was adjourned to October 27 for hearing of the motion on notice.