Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) legal team has alleged plot by Senator Ugochukwu Uba to assault the principle of the rule of law.
Referring to the ongoing Suit No. A/230/2021: SENATOR UGOCHUKWU UBA VS. INEC, PDP & ANOR, the PDP said that its attention has been drawn to reports that the Plaintiff’s Counsel, Chief B.E.I Nwofor and the interests represented are presently maneuvering in the Court to procure another black market order of injunction to truncate the course of justice.
According to a statement signed by Hon. Prince Casmir I. Ajulu, the party’s Administrative Secretary
in Anambra State, the suit was formally adjourned in open Court by the presiding Judge, Honorable Justice Obiora A. Nwabunike to the 14th day of September 2021.
The statement continued, “We wish to bring to the attention of the general public, particularly the National Judicial Council (NJC), Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) and to all the stakeholders in the Nigerian Administration of Justice System that, a serious attempt is being made to assault the principle of the rule of law.
“The truth of the matter is that the Anambra State High Court sitting at Awka had on Monday the 12th day of July, 2021, vacated an order of interim injunction granted to the Plaintiff restraining the Defendants jointly and severally from performing, doing and exercising their legal rights through an order Ex-Parte.
“The said order of interim injunction by the operation of extant laws automatically dies at the expiration of seven (7) days from the date the order was granted.
“The Honorable Court in her wisdom decided that since the order has abated by the effluxion of time, there was no need to use the process of a formal motion to vacate the said order. In the words of the Honorable Court, “the order is dead and the only thing remaining is the funeral and the burial.”
“The Honorable Court meticulously interviewed all the leading Counsel for the parties who dutifully identified all the processes they filed in the suit. Meanwhile the court had to rise for some time to enable it resolve in Chambers with the leading Counsel, the application by one of the parties to the Administrative Judge for the transfer of the suit to another Court.
“The presiding Judge on return to open Court, read his ruling to the effect that since pleadings had not been concluded and consequent upon the application for transfer of the suit to another Court, that he cannot do any other thing in respect of the matter until the Administrative Judge directs otherwise and that the suit be adjourned to the 14th of September 2021. Therefore the parties were discharged from the Court and the Court started dealing with other matters on its docket.
“We are, therefore, greatly alarmed by the information that the presiding Judge is being pressurized by Plaintiff’s Counsel and the interests represented to issue a hearing notice to compel the parties to return to Court on 14th July 2021, instead of 14th September 2021.
“The Counsel for the 1st and 2nd Defendants had since left Awka to their bases in Abuja, since yesterday with full understanding that the matter is adjourned to 14th September 2021.
“We make bold to say that this present attempt to revoke an order of adjournment made in open Court is a travesty of justice and must not be allowed to happen.”