The second attempt by Barr. Maxi Okwu factional chairman of the All Progressives Grand alliance (APGA)to set aside the Federal High Court order that sacked him failed again ]yesterday as National Chairman applied to be joined in the suit.
Similarly the confusion over who is the actual counsel for APGA was also adjourned for further arguments on the matter.
Okwu had gone to court last month to pray for the court order to be set aside but the court adjourned the matter on the strength of the confusion over who is counsel for APGA.
On the strength of that yesterday, the presiding Judge, Hon. Justice M.T Salihu adjourned the matter for further arguments on both the issue of Joinder and that of who represents APGA in the matter.
Speaking shortly after that, National Chairman Chief Victor Umeh told reporters that people should learn to respect the court and rule of law, adding that those who have been a product of the judicial system should respect it.
“The governor and his supporters should learn to respect the courts and the rule of law. People go about deceiving him and ill advising him at all times but he has been a beneficiary of the judicial process and expects him to respect the courts and the rule of law”.
Also speaking son to Dim Chukwuemeka Ojukwu Emeka (Jr) who came in company of Umeh to the court in Awka told reporters that“What happened today is what ought to have happened. Umeh and Shinkafi asked to be joined in the matter and I have implicit confidence in the courts and the Honourable Judge that they will be joined. The presiding judge cannot go ahead and make a pronouncement until contending issue are properly resolved”.
“Maxi Okwu and his supporters know full well what the implications are and they could not have expected anything less than what the courts said today”.
Efforts to speak with Maxi Okwu at the Federal High Court premises proved abortive as he merely walked into his waiting vehicle and left.
Wonders shall never end. See who’s counseling others to respect court order. My simple question for Umeh is: did he respect the judgement of Justice Umezurike of the Enugu High Court for once while his appeal was subsisting at the appellate court? Short memory or selective amnesia – which?
In any case, I’m happy that unlike him, Barr. Okwu has so far complied with the order of Justice Salihu of the Federal High Court Awka, a lesson he, Umeh needs to imbibe and stick to heart.