By Festus Ahon
ASABA—A Federal high court, sitting in Asaba, has sacked the Prophet Jones Erue-led executive of the All Progressives Congress, APC in Delta State.
The court upheld Chief Cyril Ogodo-led executive as the authentic state executive council.
It also sacked ward and local government executives under Erue’s leadership, while it upheld the ward and local government executives of the Ogodo camp.
Delivering, her judgment, the presiding Judge, Justice Tosin Adegoke, said the primary election conducted by the Erue leadership was null and void.
She further invalidated the nomination of Ogboru, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege and other candidates nominated by the leadership for the 2019 elections.
In suit number FA/ASA/CS/76/2018, the plaintiffs had sought 13 reliefs among which was a declaration that the Ogodo-led executive committee was the authentic state executive of the party.
Among other prayers sought by the plaintiffs, was a declaration that candidates who emerged from the primaries conducted by the Ogodo-led executive were the authentic candidates.
The court granted all the reliefs sought by the plaintiffs.
But counsel to the defendants, Dr. Okubor Nwachukwu said they would appeal the judgment, expressing hope that it would be upturned at the appellate court.
On his part, counsel to the plaintiffs, Roland Ekpe said the judgment did not fall short of their expectations, adding that all the nominations done by Erue were null and void.
Ogodo in his reaction said:”Despite all the intimidations and frivolous petitions, justice was delivered.”
Meanwhile, the state Legal Adviser of the annulled executive, Mr. Ebata Onojeghuo said the judgment was inconsequential, adding that the judgment they got from a Federal High Court in Abuja was not set aside.
He said all actions taken by the executive including the nomination of candidates were empowered by the consent judgment.
Meanwhile, Prof Pat Utomi, while reacting to the judgment, said: “All who believe in the rule of law and pursue justice with a clean hand will be vindicated.
“I regret that some people acting extra-judicially conducted matters in a manner that negatively impacted what could have been an easy win for APC, and sacrificed prospects of the party. But it is not too late. Full justice can still be obtained.
“The celebrations that erupted across Delta State over the news of the judgment told the story. I want to assure Deltans of an inclusive future. We will challenge the conduct of the March 9 elections to ensure the people get justice.’’