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Enugu gov: Court orders PDP, INEC to maintain status quo till Jan 14

By Ikechukwu Nnochiri

ABUJA—Justice EvohChukwu of the Federal High Court in Abuja, Thursday, ordered the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, not to submit or accept anyone as the governorship candidate of the party till January 14.

Justice Chukwu adjourned till that date to hear separate suits that were lodged before the high court by two PDP governorship aspirants’  in the state,  Senator Ayogu Eze  and owner of  Peace Mass Transit Limited,  Dr. Samuel Maduka Onyishi.

Whereas Senator Eze is praying the court to not only okay the parallel  primary election that produced him, but to also declare him  as the authentic flag-bearer of the party for the impending governorship election in the Enugu state, Onyishi, is seeking an outright cancellation of the December 8 primaries for being in breach of section  87(4)(b)(I) of the Electoral Act.

Meantime, the court yesterday joined the adjudged winner of PDP governorship ticket in the state, Mr. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi , as an interested party in the legal actions.

Ugwuanyi who is a member of the House of Representatives had in an application he filed through his lawyer Mr. Patrick Ikwueto , SAN, prayed the court to join him in the suit considering that the outcome would directly affect his political interest.

Likewise, PDP, through its lawyer Mr. Onyechi Ikpeazu, SAN, yesterday expressed its intention to challenge the competence of the legal actions as well as the jurisdiction of the court to entertain them.

Consequently, Justice Chukwu ordered all the parties to ensure that they file and serve their  arguments and relevant processes before January 14.

“I must warn that since this matter is already before this court, none of the parties should do anything capable of affecting the ‘Res’ of the suit before  me. This court will not hesitate to void any action taken by any of the parties before the next adjourned date”, the Judge added.


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