Suspended Nzuko Ora Nnewi Scribe, Ike set for legal showdown with Union, seeks N150m compensation
Sir Augustine Ike (lkedoji), the suspended Publicity Secretary of Nzuko Ora Nnewi, a socio-cultural decision-making body of the industrial town, is set for a legal showdown with the Union and is seeking N150 million as compensation over his suspension.
This was disclosed in a pre-action notice addressed to the President of Nzuko Ora Nnewi, Sir Ugochukwu Udemezue and the Secretary, Obinna Ubah Esq. signed by Onwugbenu E. Olivia, lawyers to Sir Ike.
The pre-action notice was titled “RE: Your suspension as the Publicity Secretary of Nzuko Ora Nnewi with effect from 6th April, 2020”.
In the letter, the lawyers protested how a duly elected Publicity Secretary of Nzuko Ora Nnewi at the general meeting of the body to represent the quota of his community, Uruagu-Nnewi could be arbitrarily suspended.
Onwugbenu recalled that since Ike assumed office as the Nzuko Ora Nnewi Publicity Secretary following his election he has performed the duties of his office creditably.
“However, to the greatest shock and consternation of our client, you and your cohorts irrespective of our clients due diligence in the performance of his duties and without strict compliance to the laws as provided in the Nzuko Ora Nnewi constitution Illegally suspended him from his office,” the letter says.
The actions, it said, are in clear violation of the Nzuko Ora Constitution regarding disciplinary actions, suspension, expulsion, removal of members of the Executive Committee of the Nzuko Ora Nnewi Home Branch.
Onwugbenu also noted that Ike dropped his political ambitions as an aspirant under the Action People’s Party [APP] for the Anambra gubernatorial elections coming up in the third quarter of 2021.
The ambition, however, was truncated owing to the “unconstitutional, illegal and purported suspension” enabled by Sir Ugochukwu Udemezue and Obinna Ubah.
“Apart from , his gubernatorial ambition, a protect in which he has invested millions of Naira over the last three years, your actions have brought him to odium and reduced his estimation in the eyes of right thinking members of the public and political associates.
“Your actions have equally also put my client at a high security risk and exposed him to danger,” Onwugbenu stated.
Consequent to the above, the following demands which must be met in the next 14 days were made:
- A retraction of the purported letter of suspension and an unreserved letter of Apology to Sir Augustine Ike under separate covers.
- The letter of apology, duly vetted by the lawyers, shall be published In three National Dailies.
- A modest sum of One Hundred and Fifty Million Naira (N150,000,000) as compensation for the damage done to his political career, his health, personal image and generally by your actions.
Failure to meet these demands within the stipulated time frame, both parties will meet in court for full legal battle.
Find attached below the pre-action letter issued by Onwugbenu E. Olivia, lawyers to Sir Ike: