A state high court sitting in Owerri Imo state, has stopped the recently constituted Imo state PDP caretaker committee from assuming office at the state party office in Owerri pending the determination of a suit brought before her by the state Chairman and secretary of the party, Barrister Nnadi Anyaehie and Sir George Eguh.
The High court presided over by Justice C.A Ononeze -Madu made the declaration granted leave to the state chairman and secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP to apply for judicial review in terms of the reliefs sought in the statement and grounds in support of the application.
The chairman and secretary had in their affidavit and written address submitted that their tenure will only terminate after the state congress scheduled for March.
They also averred that the Acting National Chairman of PDP, Uche Secondus, who inaugurated the caretaker committee, had been removed from the office by a court of competent jurisdiction and can therefore not act in that capacity.
The duo also stated that it is the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party and not the National working committee (NWC) that can constitute a caretaker committee for a state chapter of the party.
The court therefore granted the prayers sought by the claimants and adjourned the case for substantive hearing and determination of the matter to February 11, 2016.
Author: Emmanuel Mgbeahuruike