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Enugu Ward Congresses: Lawyers fault interpretation of High Court ruling

Lawyers to the faction of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Enugu State, headed by Ikeje Asogwa, have faulted the interpretation being given to Monday’s ruling of the Federal High Court, Abuja, insisting that Justice Ademola Adeniyi, turned down the plea by the plaintiffs to mandate the national leadership of the party to accept the November 1 ward congress results.

This came as they expressed “grave reservations and dissatisfaction” with the ruling which upheld the purported ward congresses in Enugu State,  saying the verdict  was fraught with many inexplicable errors.

The lawyers, however, said they had already filed an appeal against the ruling on behalf of the faction.

Recall that Justice Innocent Umezulike, the Chief Judge of Enugu State had in an earlier ruling categorically asked the party not to accept any result purported to emerge from any congress because the congresses were not conducted in the state.

A member of the faction’s legal team, Mr. Vin Ene, said  Justice  Adeniyi “turned down the prayer by the plaintiffs that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, should accept the results from the purported congress, and this is quite instructive.

“Like we pointed out, the ruling was merely declaratory and did not command Elder Ajah to hold himself out as the Acting Chairman while that of Justice Umezulike commanded him not to hold himself out as the Acting Chairman.”

Ene also noted that Justice Adeniyi allegedly erred  by refusing the application of some aggrieved candidates in the purported ward congresses to be joined as parties in the suit which  outcome directly affected their rights.

He stressed that the refusal of the application amounted to shutting out rightful parties to the suit and denying them their right to be heard, claiming it was a development that suggested bias against the affected persons.

Ene said the position  of the judge was in direct contrast to that of an Enugu High Court presided over by the Chief Judge of the state, Justice Innocent Umezuruike, who in another suit relating to the same subject matter, ordered that all affected parties be put on notice to ensure fair hearing.


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