APGA crisis: Obidigbo seeks mandatory injunction against Obiano’s inauguration

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The crisis rocking the All Progressives Grand Alliance, (APGA) may scuttle the swearing in of Mr. Willie Obiano as the next governor of Anambra State on March 17, 2014.

This followed the court case instituted by the rival APGA candidate in the November 2013 governorship election, Dr. Chike Obidigbo.

Obidigbo, who is determined to stop the inauguration, has already obtained an order of a Federal High Court in Abuja, presided over by Justice A. Mohammed to serve originating summons on Obiano and four others by substituted means.

The four other defendants include APGA National Chairman, Maxi Okwu; APGA; the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) and the Chief Judge of Anambra State.

In the suit No FHC/ABJ/CS/118/2014, filed by his counsels, Tairu Adebayo, Obidigbo is seeking the court’s declaration that by the dictates of Section 177 (c.) of the 1999 Constitution, the 1st defendant (Obiano) was not qualified to participate and or take part in the Anambra State Governorship election as he was not sponsored by the 3rd defendant as the candidate of APGA for the election.

The plaintiff is also praying the Court to declare that by virtue of Section 177 (c.) of the Constitution he is the candidate duly sponsored by the 3rd defendant to contest for the Anambra State Governorship election of November 16, 2013.

Others prayers contained in the plaintiff’s writ of summon filed on February 17, 2014; include the following:

“An order of mandatory injunction restraining the 1st defendant, Chief Willie Obiano from parading himself and or representing or holding out himself as the sponsored candidate of the 3rd defendant, in the Anambra State Governorship Election or otherwise representing that he was validly elected/chosen by the 4th defendant, as the candidate for APGA or presenting himself on March 17, 2014 or any other date for swearing-in as the Governor of Anambra State or taking the oath of allegiance and oath of office as Governor of Anambra State in the Anambra State Governorship Election of November 16, 2013.

“An order of mandatory injunction restraining the 5th defendant, Chief Judge of Anambra State or any other Judge in the Anambra State judiciary from swearing-in on March 17, 2014 or any other date the 1st defendant, Chief Willie Madaubuchi Obiano as the Governor of Anambra State or administering the oath of allegiance and oath of office on the 1st defendant as Governor of Anambra State.

“An order of mandatory injunction compelling the 4th defendant, INEC, to recognize and issue Certificate of Return to the plaintiff, Dr. Chike Obidigbo, as the authentic sponsored candidate of the 3rd defendant and as such the elected Governor in the Anambra State Governorship Election of November 16, 2013, the plaintiff having fully participated in all the stages of the election to the office of Governor of Anambra State.

“An order of mandatory injunction compelling the 5th defendant, Chief Judge of Anambra State or any other Judge in the Anambra State Judiciary to swear-in on March 17, 2014 or any other date the plaintiff Dr. Chike Obidigbo, as the Governor of Anambra State and to administer the oath of allegiance and oath of office on the plaintiff as Governor of Anambra State, having fully participated in all the stages of the election to the office of Governor of Anambra State in the Anambra State Governorship election of November 16, 2013 or any other date”.

It would be recalled that in a bid to upturn the Awka High Court judgment that reaffirmed the April 8, 2013 National Convention that brought the Maxi Okwu-led National Working Committee of APGA, loyalists of the erstwhile leadership of the party tried to approach the court for a review of the judgement.

The attempt to upturn the judgement, which was also upheld by the Court of Appeal, Enugu Division is to clear the way for Obiano’s swearing-in on March 17, 2014.

However, it suffered a set-back as the plaintiff disowned the suit.

DailyPost

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