Ebonyi PDP crisis: Party accuses Federal High Court Registrar of obstructing justice

The Caretaker Committee Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Social gathering, PDP, in Ebonyi State, on Thursday, accused the Chief Registrar of the Federal Excessive Courtroom, Mr. Emmanuel Gakko Abuja, of undermining the integrity and jurisdiction of the court docket.

Chairman of the PDP committee within the State, Hon. Fred Udeeogu made the claims in a press release made accessible to DAILY POST.

He stated it was prejudicial for the Chief Registrar to arrange an administrative panel over points, with go well with No: FHC/ABJ/CS/1609/202, already earlier than the Federal Excessive Courtroom for adjudication.

Events within the go well with embody: Hon. Fred Udeogu and ten others, (plaintiffs), in addition to Barr. Onyekachi Nwebonyi, for himself and as representing members of the dissolved Ebonyi State PDP Government Committee, as defendants.

It was gathered that upon an software by the plaintiffs, the presiding choose, Hon. Justice I. E. Ekwo, had given an order directing that the originating processes and all different subsequent processes within the matter be served on the first, 2nd and Third Defendants by substituted means to wit: by pasting on the gate of Osborne La Palm Lodge, Kpirikpiri Street, Abakaliki, Ebonyi State.

Nonetheless, the plaintiffs stated even after the court docket order had been complied with, the defendants returned to the court docket claiming that they have been but to be served.

Udeogu stated the defendants had gone to the extent of conniving with the Courtroom registrar to place the bailiff on probe.

His assertion learn: “The purported story by Roy Nwaeze, the brother to the governor of Ebonyi State, and a counsel on report within the stated matter, which he has been circulating on-line concerning the non-service of the court docket processes on his purchasers, is fake, and a calculated try to malign the Hon Fred Udeogu-led caretaker committee of the Peoples Democratic Social gathering in Ebonyi in State.

The Federal Excessive Courtroom, Decide, Justice I. Ekwo, on the sixteenth day of December 2020, granted an order, directing that the originating processes and all different subsequent processes in Swimsuit No FHC/ABJ/CS/1609/2020, be served on the first -Third Defendants by substituted means, by pasting identical on the gate of Osborne La Palm Lodge, Abakiliki.

The Bailiff of the Federal Excessive Courtroom, who went to serve the court docket course of was arrested by the safety on the resort even supposing he confirmed his ID card as officer of court docket and likewise introduced the order of the court docket to the stated safety who subsequently launched him.

The processes have been served by pasting on the gate of Osborne La Palm Lodge as directed by the Courtroom, and photos of the Bailiff of the court docket taken, whereas he was pasting the processes on the gate of the Lodge. Regardless of the service of the Originating Summons on the first -Third Defendants, and their consciousness of the pendency of the go well with, they uncared for to look earlier than the court docket, as that they had a lot confidence that they’ll muscle their manner by way of and prepare made judgment from the Excessive Courtroom of Ebonyi State underneath the governor who simply decamped to APC.

It was solely when it grew to become clear to them that they might not power the Excessive Courtroom of Ebonyi State into doing their ungodly bidding, that they now resurfaced on the Federal Excessive Courtroom Abuja, claiming ignorance of the court docket processes.

It’s on report that Chief Onyekachi Nwebonyi, by way of Roy Nwaeze, the brother to the governor of Ebonyi State, denied ever having any assembly on the stated Osborne La Palm Lodge, Abakiliki, of their movement asking the court docket to put aside the service on them. The Hon Fred Udeogu-led Caretaker Committee of the Peoples Democratic Social gathering in Ebonyi State, filed counter to the movement on discover, filed by Roy Nwaeze, to put aside the interlocutory order towards his purchasers, and repair of the court docket processes on them.

Within the stated affidavit, proof clearly confirmed that the stated Chief Onyekachi Nwebonyi and his dethroned former government committee members of the PDP in Ebonyi State, had in reality, always held conferences on the stated Osborne La Palm Lodge Abakiliki. Given this revelation, moderately than await the movement to be heard and a dedication made by the court docket, the identical Roy, modified course and resorted to attacking the harmless bailiffs of the court docket.

Whereas the movement filed by Roy Nwaeze the governor’s brother was subsisting and pending in court docket, he muscled his manner by way of the Chief Registrar of the Federal Excessive Courtroom, Mr. Emmanuel Gakko, and made false accusations towards the Bailiffs of the court docket, to the impact that the court docket processes served on the first -Third Defendants, by the Bailiffs of the court docket, have been now not served.

It’s unlucky that the Chief Registrar of the Federal Excessive Courtroom, whom we perceive had earlier grouse towards the Bailiff who served the court docket processes, took benefit of the scenario to instantly arrange a committee to strive the stated Bailiff in accordance with the dictates of Roy Nwaeze the governor’s brother.

It’s unlucky that the Chief Registrar of the Federal Excessive Courtroom, who himself is a lawyer, couldn’t await the dedication of the movement filed by the identical Roy Nwaeze, difficult the service of the method of the court docket, on the first -Third Defendants, earlier than dashing, as a consequence of his animosity towards the stated Bailiff, and stress by Roy Nwaeze, to arrange a panel to strive the Bailiff.

The motion of the Chief Registrar of the Federal Excessive Courtroom was accomplished in dangerous religion, and undermines the integrity and jurisdiction of the Federal Excessive Courtroom, earlier than whom the identical difficulty has been introduced for adjudication.

Why was the Chief Registrar of the Federal Excessive Courtroom in such a haste to arrange a panel? Why did he not await the court docket to find out the identical difficulty which has been submitted to court docket? Why was Roy Nwaeze aware about the proceedings of the Panel, even whereas he was nonetheless in court docket, when the matter was being heard by the stated panel?

These are all questions begging for solutions. It’s most unlucky that the identical Roy Nwaeze, is the one now sending messages to the legal professionals on report within the matter, informing them of the proceedings of the panel, and that the Bailiff will quickly be dismissed, even when there was no dedication to that impact.

We name on the Chief Decide of the Federal Excessive Courtroom to intervene on this matter, to avoid wasting the integrity of the judiciary.

The Chief Registrar of the Federal Excessive Courtroom, at the side of Roy Nwaeze, are actually making a dedication of issues already pending earlier than the court docket administratively, with out permitting the court docket to achieve a verdict by hook or by crook.

It’s subsequently in view of the foregoing that we deny categorically the false and malicious publications sponsored by Roy Nwaeze, alleging that the court docket processes in Swimsuit No FHC/ABJ/CS/1609/2020, weren’t served on the first – Third Defendants.”

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