An Enugu State High Court has granted an ex-parte order restraining a gubernatorial aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Ayogu Eze, from parading himself as the governorship candidate of the party pending the hearing and determination of a case filed by another aspirant, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi.
It also restrained the PDP from recognising or submitting the name of any other person other than that of Mr. Ugwuanyi as the party’s gubernatorial candidate in Enugu State for the February 2015 general elections.
Mr. Eze and the PDP are the first and second defendants, respectively in the Suit No. E/499/2014.
Both Mr. Eze, a senator, and Mr. Ugwuanyi, a member of the House of Representatives, were declared winners in separate primary elections held in Enugu on Monday.
Justice R. O Odogwu granted the order upon hearing the submissions of Ogochukwu Onyekwuluje and Tochukwu Maduka, Counsel to the Plaintiff, Mr. Ugwuanyi.
The order reads, “The 1st Defendant/Respondent (Senator Ayogu Eze) by himself, his principals, agents, supporters or any other person howsoever called is hereby restrained from holding himself out and/or parading himself and/or allowing himself to be held out and/paraded as the gubernatorial candidate of the 2nd defendant for the February 2015 general election in Enugu State pending the determination of the Motion on Notice already filed in this suit/
“The 2nd defendant/respondent is hereby restrained from recognising or accepting the 1st defendant as the person elected at the said gubernatorial primary election conducted by the 2nd defendant in Enugu State on 8th December 2014, and/or the gubernatorial candidate of the 2ndDefendant for the February 2015 general elections in Enugu State or forwarding the name of the 1stDefendant to the Independent National Electoral Commission as the gubernatorial candidate of the 2nd Defendant for the February 2015 general election in Enugu State pending the hearing and determination of the Motion on Notice already filed in the suit”.
The court adjourned till December 15, for the hearing of the motion on notice.