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Court orders PDP to halt further action on Amaechi’s suspension

May 31, 2013

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The judge asked that the statusquo be maintained.

A High Court in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, on Friday stopped the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, from taking any further action against Governor Rotimi Amaechi, pending the hearing of a suit instituted by the governor challenging the party’s decision to suspend him.

Mr. Amaechi was recently suspended by the PDP’s National Working Committee, NWC, for “violating Articles 58 1 (b), (c ), (h) and (m) of the PDP Constitution following his refusal to obey the lawful directive of the Rivers State Executive Committee to rescind his decision dissolving the elected Executive Council of Obiokpor Local Government Area of Rivers State.”

Mr. Amaechi, however, said he was not responsible for the dissolution of the council, saying it was the State House of Assembly that suspended the council.

Justice M. Ogbuji of the High Court issued an order agreeing with Mr. Amaechi’s lawyer, Akin Olujimi, who approached it with a preliminary application asking for a suspension order.

The judge ordered the PDP to continue to maintain the status quo in the matter. The Judge also ordered the party to appear before it on June 6.

The Judge also directed Mr.  Amaechi to serve the PDP the necessary court processes and also make publications in major national dailies.

The PDP had, few hours after announcing the suspension of Mr. Amaechi, raised an eleven member committee led by senior lawyer, Joe Gadzama, to investigate a petition brought by the Rivers States PDP against the governor.

The party’s spokesperson, Olisa Metuh, who announced the composition of the committee did not specify the time frame for the committee to submit its report.

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