A High Court sitting at Obingwa council area, Abia state has restrained the national chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Chief Victor Umeh from suspending from office, the State Chairman of the party, Barr. Prince Ukaegbu pending the determination of the substantive suit.
Dissatisfied with Umeh’s action, Ukaegbu filed a suit praying the court to quash the suspension. Joined in the suit were Alhaji Sani Shinkafi, Uchenna Okogbuo and APGA.
In her ruling, the presiding Judge, Hon. Justice Ory Zik Ikeorha said after reading the 21 paragraph affidavit deposed to by the applicant and after due consideration to the written address of counsel of the applicant, Ukpai Ukairo and after hearing him move the motion ex-parte brought in pursuant to the provisions of Order 39 Rule 1(1) and (2); Order 38 Rule 8 and Oder 1 Rule 2 of Abia State High Court (Civil Procedure) Rules, 2014, for an order of interim injunction, the court restrained Umeh and his agents from taking over the functions of the applicant, pending the hearing and determination of the substantive motion on notice.
The court directed the applicant to within seven days ensure service of the order by any lawful means on the defendants. The matter was adjourned to December 1, 2014 for hearing.
Recall that Umeh had last week announced the suspension of Ukaegbu. The action has been roundly condemned by APGA faithful in the state who told our correspondent that suspending Ukaegbu at the heat of the preparations of the 2015 polls would surely hurt the party.
According to them, Ukaegbu is a veteran politician and remains the pillar of the party in the state. “Onapuruagu Nnanna Ukaegbu has done a lot for APGA in Abia state. He has been the leading voice and face of APGA in Abia state and does not deserve such treatment on baseless allegations by Victor Umeh,” a party chieftain in Aba South council told 247ureports.com.