Oye Must Refund And Resign: APGA Battle Moves To Court
By Eneh Victor Chigozie
The battle to rescue APGA from Ozo Victor Oye has shifted to the court.
Yesterday, the Federal court, Abuja presided over by Justice A.E Mohammed commenced hearing on the suit filed by Hon Smart Iheoma, Okey Bright and Ocheze Ubani as plaintiffs against APGA, Oye and INEC as defenders.
Hon Smart Iheoma & ors are challenging the national convention of APGA of May 31, 2019 wherein the party refused to issue nomination forms to the party members after obtaining a bank draft of two hundred and fifty thousand (250,000) naira.
Party members were denied issuance of nomination forms in order to impose Oye and other rubber stamp members into the party’s NWC.
At the resumed hearing of the case, counsel to Hon Smart Iheoma, Barr J.S. Okutepa, SAN drew the attention of the court to the fact that the Res which his client sought to preserve by the Motion had been overtaken by the event of the National Convention which the Defendants held on the 31/05/2019 in flagrant disregard to the pending action before the Hon Court of which the defendants were aware.
Barr Okutepa, SAN also drew the attention of the court to two pending Orders of the Delta state High Court sitting at Kwale and The High Court of the FCT sitting at Bwari restraining the defendants from convening the national convention which they disregarded.
In light of the circumstances mentioned above, the plaintiffs withdrew the Motion on Notice and prayed the court for an accelerated Hearing of the Originating Summons.
The court obliged the application and adjourned the proceedings to the 08/07/2019 for hearing of the preliminary objection and the Originating Summons. Hearing Notices to be served on the 2nd and 3rd Defendants.
Meanwhile, attempts by the counsel to Oye, Barr Ifeanyi Mbaeri to frustrate the application for accelerated hearing was rejected. Barr Ifeanyi Mbaeri had wanted a long adjournment to October this year to frustrate the case.
Counsels are to present their written addresses on the adjourned date.
In a related development, APGA leaders have gone to the Appeal Court to challenge the kangaroo judgement of the Oyo state high court which ordered the faction of Oye to hold the national convention on May 31.
The appeal has been filed. The dates for court hearing of the interim injunctions from Delta state high court and FCT high court are been awaited.