Court judgment sacking Nwobu as Anambra PDP boss is baseless —Faction
A faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Anambra State has kicked against the court judgment that sacked Sir Ndubuisi Nwobu-led Executive Committee, describing it as baseless.
A High Court sitting in Abuja had, in a judgement on Wednesday, June 9, ruled as follows:
“It’s hereby declared that the purported Anambra State caretaker committee led by the Sir Chukwudi Umeaba as conveyed by 1st Defendant press statement dated 19th December 2017 is null, void and of no effect being constituted in breach of the extant provisions of the 1st Defendant’s constitution as amended.
“It is hereby ordered that the Executive committee of 1st Defendant Anambra State chapter having been duly elected in a state congress held on 4th December 2017 ratified by the former National Caretaker committee (NCC) at its 449th meeting held on Thursday 7th and Friday 8th December 2017 is valid and subsisting having regard to the fact that its tenure is unexhausted.
“That the Honourable Court hereby nullified the decision of the Defendants as evidenced in its purported press Statement allegedly reviewing the clear outcome of the Anambra State Congress duly ratified by the former National Caretaker Committee (NCC) of the 1st Defendant.”
In reaction, the opposing faction claimed that there is a valid and subsisting judgement of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, presided over by His Lordship, Justice D.A. Musa, protecting the leadership of the Nwobu-led Executive Committee.
The group insisted that the judgment has not been set aside and that it is binding on all parties until set aside by an Appellate Court.
In a statement titled “True State of Affairs” and addressed to “Teeming supporters and members of PDP Anambra State”, and signed by the State Publicity Secretary, Mr. Nnamdi Nwangwu, the group stated:
“We refer to the above Judgment and wish to state clearly that the purported judgement has not and cannot vitiate the judgement of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, presided over by His Lordship, Honourable Justice D.A. Musa in Suit No: FCTIHC/CV/0497/2017, between Marcel Jachin Anyiam & Anor v. PDP & 2 ors.”
It added: “The implication of the above is that there is a valid and subsisting judgment protecting the leadership of Honourable Sir. Ndubuisi Nwobu-led Executive Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party.
“The Judgment has not been set aside. It is binding on all parties until set aside by an Appellate Court.
“Today, a Court of coordinate jurisdiction in Suit No: CV1774/2021 Between, Samuel Anyakorah v. PDP & 2 ors purportedly delivered a judgment setting aside the Judgment of Musa. J
“Let it be known that the said judgement is of no substance and does not avail the Plaintiffs of any right whatsoever being inconsistent with a valid judgement of court of coordinate jurisdiction.”
The group, therefore, appealed to the Anambra State PDP family, supporters, and aspirants to go about their political activities without let or hindrance.