From Angela Nkwo-Akpolu, Owerri
A Federal High Court sitting in Owerri, the Imo State capital has adjourned hearing of the suit bothering on the congresses of the State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to June 26th, even as its order subsists.
Justice Lewis Allagoa, held that the shift in date will not affect the previous Order of the Court, which directed that status quo be maintained until the Suit, with numbers FHC/OW/CS/69/2018 is determined.
The court had earlier fixed June 22nd but shifted it to enable one of the lead counsels, Kelvin Nwufor (SAN), attend the burial of his mother in-law.
Some of the defendants in the Suit include the APC National Organising Secretary, Senator Osita Izunaso; the State Chairman of the party, Dr Hilary Eke amongst others.
Counsel to the Plaintiffs, Chidozie Ogundu, had opposed the request for a change of date, arguing that it will affect the prayers in the originating summon, which was slated to be heard before the APC Convention of 23 June.
But Justice Allagoa while adjourning the matter, noted that the fact that APC Convention will hold on the 23 of June before the next adjourned date, does not affect the judgement of the Court or the interim injunction earlier granted, adding that the matter is not perishable.
Ogundu, while speaking with newsmen, explained that the adjournment does not affect the earlier Court Order served on the leadership of the APC and the respondents, adding that, “the Court Order restraining the APC from recognising the defendants as elected Ward, Local Government and State Executives for Imo State APC, is still valid, the new date has nothing to do with it. But we can’t help it if the party chooses to disobey the Order of a Court of competent jurisdiction but we know APC as a law abiding party will not”, he said.
Meanwhile, the court has granted a request for the supposed executives of state, local, and ward representatives elected during the Congress under contention to be part of the case.
The Matter comes up on June 26, 2018 for further hearing.