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A Federal High Court sitting in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State has sacked the State People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Caretaker Committee led by Fred Udogu describing it as illegal.
The Court also ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, not to recognize the purported Caretaker Committee constituted by the National leadership of the PDP in Ebonyi State.
The Court maintained that the dissolution of the Ebonyi state Executive Committee of the PDP was illegal and cannot stand.
The order followed a Suit instituted by Nnachi Okoro, the Legal Adviser of the Onyekachi Nwebonyu-led PDP executive in Ebonyi state that was dissolved last year November by the national leadership of the Party, in the wake of the defection of Governor David Umahi to the All Progressives Congress.
The Plaintiff, Okoro, had in the Suit, argued that his purported removal from office, as the legal Adviser of the PDP by virtue of the dissolution of the purported State Executive Committee of the Party without fair hearing, was contrary to the Party’s constitution and the constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria, and urged the court to so hold.
The presiding Judge, Justice Aluko Akintayo, in a three hours’ judgement, ruled that the purported dissolution of the Executive Committee of the PDP in Ebonyi State which led to the removal of the Plaintiff was not only absurd, but inconsistent with the provisions of the Party’s constitution as well as the constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria.
Justice Akintayo noted that the party acted harshly without any evidence of wrong doing against the Plaintiff, adding that the defection of Governor David Umahi to the APC was in exercise of his fundamental human right of freedom of association and cannot be a justifiable ground to remove the Plaintiff from office.