By NWOGHA NDUBUISI ANDY, Abakaliki
The leadership contention of who becomes authentic Chairman between Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) caretaker Committe led by Elder Fred Udeogu and national working Committe dissolved, Barr. Nwebonyi Onyekachi led group have suffered a third blow, following another declaration of declination of interest in proceedings of the court by Justice Vincent Nwanchor in Federal High Court, Abakaliki on Wednesday 20th January, 2020.
Recall that the suit was earlier handled by Justice Ngele who later declined interest of proceeding before moving it to the Chief Justice, Justice Anslemn Nwigwe from where it was transferred and reassigned to Justice Vincent Nwanchor but still faced similar challenge where defendant argued that the justice has common relationship with the deputy governor of the state among other issues.
Addressing newsmen at the court premises, Barr. Onyekachi Nwebonyi described the stances given by the counsel to caretaker Committe Chairman of the party, Elders Fred Udeogu, who is Barr. Mudi Erhenede as a delay tactics to truncate justice in the court but maintained optimistic that the matter would still come to his favour.
According to him:” It is unfortunate that during the second day tat we are expecting the ruling of the court that the defendant in their usual way to truncate the proceedings of the court in this matter have again raised another issue of bias on the side of the court, which is apparently unfounded but the court in the interest of justice have just refused of continuing hearing the matter and accordingly transfer the matter back to the registrar and I believe that the court in no time will reasign the case to another court.
” It is good to put on record that this is a delay tactics by the defendant knowing fully well that the law on their side.
” You may recall that this matter has moved first before justice Ngene,where they raised similar alarm. The matter was transferred before Chief Justice of the state where same issue was raised and the matter was transferred to Justice Vincent Nwanchor and thesame matter is been raised .
“So, the whole world has seen that the purported caretaker has no case before this court but all they can do is to distract the proceedings but I want to assure the world that this matter will meet it’s desired justice; justice delay, cannot be denied.he added
In his response, Counsel to Elder Fred Udeogu,Barr.Ernede described action of the judge as ethical and professional,noting that he did what’s expected him of the law.
He noted that the case file has been moved to the office of the chief judge of the state, from where a new justice would be assigned to them.
In his reaction, Barrister Roy Umahi accused the system of producing Judges who are not bold enough to defend the law but noted that the Peoples Democratic Party caretaker Committe led group would not make progress until the matter is heard.
“I want to say that the problem we have in the judiciary is that we lack bold Judges. What we have are judges who stupidly give in to unnecessary intimidation but nothing has gone wrong.
“The suit has been filed and absolutely must be heard. If the suit portends danger, it must wrecks it’s havoc.
” If you sleep and your bed is full of bed bug; there’s no amount of running away that will kill the bed bug, you rather remove the mattress and fumigate the room.
” The mattress in this case is the suit, a possible fumigation of the room and the mattress is still the determination of the suit.
” If an election is taking place, we will know the PDP that’s in charge in Ebonyi State. The INEC filled a court process in the Federal High Court and said that there was a breach of the vested right of those PDP executive members who were purportedly dissolved, that’s the process of INEC that gave birth to those executive. It means that we are in agreement with INEC and we will hold them and they wouldn’t make any progress in this state until the matter is heard.
Corroborating the report,the caretaker Committe Chairman, Elder Fred Udeogu said the demand of relief of proceeding by his Counsel was a welcome development.
According to him:”During preliminary argument and the end of the day my counsel moved that the judge should relief himself of the proceedings on the court because of certain obvious interest among the fact that the deputy governor is from Ikwo and for the fact that Barr.Roy Umahi,a brother to the sitting governor threatened to slapping Barr.Mudi on last Monday.
“Outside these obvious reasons, he said that the judge and the deputy governor are from Ikwo which I can testify and that they are from same community and have same blood relationship with him which is true.
“The judge in his wisdom decided to raise his hands off the matter which legally , should be done and that’s why we are celebrating, the PDP supporters because those people are out to destroy the party which started from the point when governor defected to the APC and he wants to use those people he nominates singlehandedly to rule millions which is why national working Committe said know but one thing I am assuring Umahi is that we will welcome him back to the party at the end of his journey.” He said