A Port Harcourt High Court presided over by Justice L. Ngbor Abina has adjourned hearing in a case brought against the APC by Sunday Hawkins and 4 Ors to the 22nd of this month.

The sudden decision by the court to hear the case on the 11th of January instead of the 18th of January, 2021 earlier agreed to by all the parties had sparked off suspicion.

Hawkins and his associates are seeking to stop the APC from going ahead with the registration exercise ordered by the National Secretariat which is designed to authenticate membership nationwide.

Prior to today’s hearing the APC had written to the presiding judge urging her to recuse herself and also petitioned the State Chief Judge, asking for the case to be reassigned to another judge.

Justice Ngbor Abina who apparently showed no intention to recuse herself Monday, went ahead to entertain the matter, saying the position of the court on all the issues raised would be unveiled on the 22nd of January, 2021.

While H.A. Bello stood in for the Plaintiffs, Tuduru SAN represented the Defendants.

The court however did not grant any order but the judge was availed of the claims made by the APC after she had observed they were not before her.

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It is still not clear how the registration exercise planned by the APC would hurt the rights of Hawkins and 4 Ors, but lawyers on both sides would be on hand to push their arguments when the case resumes.

Given what is playing out in court the splinter group led by Senator Magnus Abe and Igo Aguma are seemingly desperate to halt the registration exercise and end the recognition of Isaac Abot Ogbobula as chairman of the APC Caretaker Committee.

Last week, an action seeking to obtain  a restraining order which was filed by Rt. Hon. Emmanuel Deeyah and 4 Ors did not bear fruits.

The court presided over by Justice Chuku vehemently refused to grant any interlocutory injunction and instead returned the case file to the office of the Chief Judge for reassignment.

The nationwide registration of party members which has become the centre of litigation in Rivers State may commence on the 25th of January, 2021.

Supporters of Senator Abe say they are raising funds from donors to back their efforts in court.

According to information emanating from the group, more than N1.5 million may have been generated to pay for the cost of litigation.