By Ikeugonna Eleke
An Anambra State High Court sitting in Awka on Wednesday nullified the congresses of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the state.
The nullification sacks the Basil Ejidike-led executive of the party which is loyal to Senator Andy Uba, the party’s candidate in the last governorship election in the state.
The court declared the ward, local government and state congresses held in the state null and void.
Uba and the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, had been in a supremacy battle over who would be the leader of the party in the state.
Justice Ike Ogu of High Court 4 Awka, while delivering a judgement on the matter on Wednesday, ruled that the purported congresses that produced Ejidike and co contravened an earlier Interlocutory injunction issued by his court.
Ogu, whose judgment on the suit filed by one Lawrence Emegini and others, ruled that the plaintiff’s case succeeded.
The court stated that the tenure of ward, local government and state executives elected during the 2018 congresses in the stated subsisted.
He noted that, whatever congress conducted by APC and its representatives in the state while the tenure of the 2018 elected executives was running contravened the order of the court.
The judge stated that the Emeka Ibe-led executive of 2018 should be allowed to complete their tenure which was illegally terminated.
Commenting on the judgement, Chukwuma Agufugo, secretary of APC in the faction loyal to Ngige, described the judgment as victory for the rule of law.
Agufugo said, ‘Some people had wanted to disorganize the party by trying to hijack its leadership through the back door, but thank God the court had liberated the party.’
Chief Peter Ikwueto (SAN), counsel for the plaintiff, said his client had been vindicated by the decision of the court.
Mr Chinoso Chinwuba, the legal Adviser of the faction sacked by the court, said they would file a notice of appeal and stay of execution.
He said, ‘The judge erred in law and it would be set aside at the appeal.