Court restrains PDP committee from Taraba crisis

The Hope Uzodinma committee has been restrained by a court.

Reports reaching us from Jalingo, the Taraba State capital, say a State High Court presided over by Nuhu Adi, has given an order restraining the Hope Uzodinma Committee from carrying out any assignment related to the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the state pending the determination of a suit filed by two card carrying members of the party.

The two members, Julde Garba from Sardauna Local Government Area and Sale Audu of Takum Local Government Area, approached the court for an interim order restraining the PDP and the Uzodinma committee from acting pending the determination of the substantive suit.

The Judge, Nuhu Adi, granted the order. He also adjourned the case to June 17 for the motion on notice.

The National Working Committee, NWC, of the PDP had on May 27 constituted a seven-member ‘fact finding committee’ under the leadership of Mr. Uzodinma to intervene in the political crisis generated by the air crash involving the state governor, Danbaba Suntai, in October last year.

The constitution of the committee was widely interpreted as a move to completely oust Mr. Suntai as governor based on ill health; and make his deputy and current acting Governor, Garba Umar, substantive governor.

The suspicion led the plaintiffs to approach the court and seek for a restraining order against the committee, a request partially successful today.

Efforts to get the PDP’s reaction on the court’s directive was unsuccessful as Olisa Metuh, its spokesman, did not pick or return calls made to his official line.


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