A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, on Tuesday, confirmed David Aja as the authentic chairman of the Enugu State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
The court, presided over by Justice E.S Chukwu, ruled that following the resignation of the chairman of the party, Vitalis Abba, Mr. Aja, who was his deputy, should step into the position until another
chairman is elected from the area where the former one hails from.
Following Mr. Abba’s resignation last month, the members of the PDP loyal to the state governor, Sullivan Chime, named one Ikeje Asogwa to replace him.
However, Mr. Aja challenged the suit asking the court to declare him the chairman pending the election of a new chairman.
The PDP and its national chairman, Adamu Mu’azu, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, one Steve Oruruo and Mr. Asogwa were listed as defendants in the case.
Mr. Aja asked the court to determine “whether having regard to the provisions of Sections 35, 45(2) and (4), and 47(5) and (6) of the Constitution of the Peoples Democratic Party 2012 (as amended),
following the resignation of Engr. Vita Abba as the Chairman of the Enugu State Chapter of the 1st Defendant, the Plaintiff (who is the Vice Chairman) is entitled to act as Chairman pending the appointment of another Chairman from the area Engr. Vita Abba hails from.”
Mr. Chukwu, who granted all the reliefs sought by Mr. Aja, while delivering judgement, ordered that “the 4th Defendant (Ikeje Asogwa) is not entitled to hold himself out or perform the function of the
chairman of the Enugu State Chapter of the 1st Defendant not having been validly appointed.
He also ordered the setting aside of all acts performed by Mr. Asogwa purporting to act or carry out the functions of the chairman of Enugu PDP.
In the main, in an amended affidavit responding to the originating summons in the case filed in a Federal High Court, Abuja, by the delegates elected at that congress in the state, to safeguard the
result, the PDP counsel, Frederick Olisa overrode his earlier submission and held that there was congress in Enugu State as reported by the Electoral Panel sent to conduct the congress.
According to him, as of November 12 when he filed his earlier claim that there was no congress in Enugu State, he was not properly briefed partly because the report of the congress was still being compiled and analysed by the Office of the National Organising Secretary of the PDP.
Mr. Olisa explained that he was misled at the time of filing his earlier affidavit by a supervisor in the Department of Organisation and Mobilization of the Office of the National Organising Secretary
into believing that there was no congress, but who as it had turned out did not have credible information.