A High Court sitting in Abuja has declared the ward, local government and state congresses of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) conducted in Anambra state that produced the Oguebego Ejike-led executive committee officers of the party as unconstitutional, illegal,null and void.
Presiding judge, Justice U.P Kekemeke who nullified the congress ordered the PDP to liaise with the plaintiff, Emma Mbamalu and his executive to organize and conduct ward, local government and state congresses in the state.
Before arriving at this decision, the court threw out the objections raised by the party challenging its jurisdiction to adjudicate on the matter as well as the competence of the suit.
The court also threw out an application by the purported state chairman of the party, Kenneth Emekayi who sought to be joined in the suit on the ground that he was not a necessary party to the action.
Citing relevant legal authorities, Justice Kememeke in his judgment held that it was clear from the affidavit evidence and the claim of the plaintiff before the court that his court had the requisite jurisdiction to entertain the case.
Justice Kekemeke further held that the case before his court was tailored around a breach of the party’s guidelines and constitution regarding the conduct of congresses in the state and not a dispute challenging the election of principal officers of the party in the state.