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APC Crisis: Oyegun, Buni risk Jail term in Ebonyi Court

The National Chairman of the All Progressive Congress APC Chief John Odigie Oyegun and the National Secretary, Hon. Mai Mala Buni were yesterday summoned by a High Court sitting in Abakaliki , Ebonyi state for an alleged contempt of court.

The two leaders of the party are to personally appear before the court to explain why they should not be committed to prison for disobeying an order of interlocutory injunction restraining them, their agents and privies from effecting a change in the leadership of the party in the state.

They are to appear before the court on September 28.

This is the second time the court would summon the two APC leaders this year.

The leadership crisis in the state chapter of the APC deepened when the National chairman transmitted a letter to the state deputy Chairman, Eze Nwachukwu as the state Acting chairman of the party.

While Nwachukwu claimed that Nwobasi was suspended, the state chairman of the party on his part insisted that he remained the authentic chairman of the party, describing his deputy as an “impostor”.

The court had on November 6, 2014 restrained the respondent from appointing caretaker committee in place of the executives elected during the ward, Local government and the state congresses conducted in the state on November 11, 16 and 29 respectively pending the determination of the substantive suit.

The APC National Chairman and the National Secretary had earlier been served Form 48, a notice of consequence of disobedience to court order that may commit the duo to prison if they flouted the orders of court.

But the duo allegedly issued Nwachukwu a letter appointing him as Interim Chairman of the party in total disregard to the court’s directive.

This forced counsel to the applicants Godwin Onwusi to apply to the court for an order of committal to prison (Form 49) for the respondents to appear before the court and explain why they should not be committed for prison for contempt.

Source: The Newtelegraph News

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