APGA crisis: Appeal Court to rule on Umeh’s application April 8

The Nigerian political party is split into different factions.

The Court of Appeal sitting in Enugu on Monday fixed April 8 for the ruling in an application filed by the former National Chairman of the All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA, Victor Umeh.

In the application dated February 28, Mr. Umeh prayed the appellate court to stay the execution of the order of an Enugu High Court which scuttled his position as national chairman of the party.

He also prayed the court to grant an accelerated hearing to the appeal.

Counsel to the appellant, Patrick Ikwueto, pleaded that a preservative order be given by the superior court to preserve the status quo of the former chairman from being taken over by strangers.

He argued that some members of the party had scheduled its national convention for April 8, adding that a temporary deferment of the judgment of the trial court was in the interest of justice.

“The defendant at the trial court who is now the appellant was restrained from parading himself as the national chairman of the party. The question is what will be the fate of the party without a

national chairman.

“I plead with the court to give a preservative order to protect the status quo of the appellant and temporarily defer the judgment of the trial court, especially now that they have fixed a date for the

national convention of the party,” he said.

The respondent in the case, Jude Okuli, told the court that he was not aware of the appeal because he was not served by the appellant.

“We will wait for the judge to decide on this matter because we were not duly served before this court sitting,’’ he said.

APGA is seeking to be joined as co-respondent to the application filed by Mr. Umeh.

In his argument, counsel to the party, S.T. Abe, prayed the court to accept the application seeking the joinder, noting that the judgment of the lower court affected other members of the party apart from Mr.

Umeh.

Justice Paul Galinje, who chaired the panel of judges, adjourned the ruling on the application, adding that it was for the respondent to be duly served.

(NAN)


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