Again, the executive committee of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Rivers State led by Chief Obuah Amaechi Felix has been affirmed authentic by a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja.
The Federal High Court in Abuja upheld the committee that was in 2013 first endorsed by an FCT High Court.
Consequently, the court barred the National Secretariat of the PDP from holding or conducting any congress for the purpose of selecting or recognizing new leaders until the expiration of the 4-year tenure of the Obuah Felix led leadership.
The court also barred the party from accepting candidates for elections from any other group other than those produced by the current PDP leadership in the state.
Giving judgment in a suit instituted by Chukwuemeka Aaron against the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Obuah Amaechi Felix, Justice Evoh Stephen Chukwu granted all reliefs sought by the plaintiff.
Justice Chukwu restrained the INEC or any of its officers from monitoring or supervising any congress in Rivers State and from accepting list of candidates for elections except those provided by the current party leadership in the state.
The plaintiff who is PDP Chairman in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State had dragged the three defendants to court to seek interpretation of an FCT High Court judgment of April 13, 2013 which upheld the congress that produced the leadership of Obua Amaechi Felix as PDP Executive Committee in Rivers.
Justice Chukwu held that the FCT High Court verdict delivered by Justice Ishaq Bello subsisted and must be obeyed by all parties in the suit unless if set aside by a higher court.
The Judge agreed with Professor Tony Ijohor SAN, counsel to the plaintiff that the FCT High Court judgment was binding since there was no order of stay of its execution by any court of competent record.
Justice Chukwu also agreed with the counsel that since all the averments of the plaintiff in his affidavit in support of the originating summon were not challenged by the defendants, they remained uncontroverted and strongly believed by the court and ordered that only documents emanating from the Felix Exco should be accepted as official and authentic by the INEC and PDP.
Earlier, Justice Chukwu had dismissed five different applications brought by some PDP members in the state seeking to be joined in the suit.
The Judge dismissed the motions for lacking in merit and for constituting gross abuse of court processes since the applicants failed to show how the outcome of the plaintiff suit would affect them.
Justice Chukwu agreed with Chief Godwin Obia SAN, counsel to the third defendant that it was not enough to seek to be joined or be imposed on a litigant in a case except where vested interest have been established for court to protect.