Developing story: APC Reels Out Fresh Accusations Against CJ
The All Progressives Congress has alleged that the Rivers Chief Judge, Justice SC Amadi may be part of a scheme being hatched to stop it from going ahead with its ongoing party congresses.
The party said in a statement that it was no longer a secret that a matter, Suit No. PHC/2010/CS/2021 which was instigated on August 5 while the courts were still in session is now to transmute into a case to be handled by a Vacation Judge.
“Frustrated by its many futile conspiratorial attempts at stopping the Party from participating in the registration/revalidation exercise and the just concluded Ward Congresses, the enemies have set up yet another scheme.
“Under the current plan, a suit was instigated on the 5th August 2021, filed and kept under the custody of a high ranking judicial officer in the State without assignment.
“We have reason to believe, based on credible information reaching us through our sources in the Judiciary that the high ranking judicial official is the Chief Judge, Justice S.C. Amadi.
“We know that the idea is for the Chief Judge to assign the matter to a hand-picked Vacation Judge who will then issue an injunction close to the time that the APC will embark on its Local Government Congresses already scheduled for 4th September 2021.”
The APC further argued, “According to Law and the Rules of Court, the suit filed on 5th August 2021 does not qualify as a Vacation suit because it was filed at the Registry when a case of extreme urgency did not exist.
“In our view and many lawyers would agree, the matter ought to have been assigned to a Judge presiding over a regular Court.
“But leaving its assignment till after the High Court had proceeded on Vacation from 23rd August 2021, is intended to give it the colouration of urgency and then make it a vacation suit.
“By Law, matters filed during the regular sittings of the Court, cannot be converted to vacation cases but in Rivers State, the Judiciary has become a notorious supermarket and bazaar shop where every and anything goes.”
The party repeated its assertion that Governor Nyesom Wike is closely linked with what is currently going on.
“We note that Governor Wike, relying on the instrumentality of the Rivers State High Court under his apogee CJ, Hon. Justice Simeon C. Amadi, will go to any length to practically handover the Judiciary in the State to Senator Abe and his supporters.
“The aim is to ensure that APC in the State is slowed down in its steady unstoppable progress towards recovering the Brick House come 2023.
“Recall that we had warned that the only reason why Governor Wike clannishly staked everything to appoint Hon. Justice S.C Amadi as CJ above Hon. Justice Joy Akpugunum, the rightful occupant of the position, was for ulterior motives such as this.
“Let the entire World witness for itself how Suit No. PHC/2010/CS/2021: Alalibo Soibibo & 3 Others v All Progressives Congress & Another, filed during the sitting of the regular Courts, has been transmutted into a Vacation suit just to secure an injunction few hours before the APC’s LGA Congresses.
“The same forces that are backing Abe and his Freedom House are trying to plunge the PDP into a valley of darkness, using the ever available Rivers State Judiciary as a springboard.”
In the new suit filed by Alalibo Soibibo and 3 Others, which is yet to be assigned, the claimants are asking for an injunction stopping the APC from going on with the conduct of another congress.
Local Government Area congresses of the APC are expected to take place across the country on September 4, 2021.
The National Secretariat of the APC is responsible for the smooth conduct of congresses that are billed to take place in the State.
There is no evidence that the State Caretaker Committee was involved in processes leading to the conduct of the Ward Congress which took place weeks ago.
Meanwhile, as the PDP prepares to slug it out in court in a matter brought against it and its National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, H. A. Bello who has been standing in for associates of Senator Abe has emerged as the lawyer of one of the parties in the case.
The release of the statement which announced the decision of a Vacation Judge to slam an injunction on the PDP and Another by a top aide of the Rivers Governor suggests that Government House, Port Harcourt might be interested in the matter.
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