Saturday, August 31, 2013
There was tension in Anambra State Friday following an Abuja High Court ruling lifting the suspension of Senator Andy Uba, his brother Chris Uba and three other party chieftains for organising parallel primaries in the state as well as the court injunction obtained by one of the aspirants, Prince Nicolas Ulkachukwu restraining the PDP from recognising Comrade Tony Nwoye as the party’s candidate.
Although, Tony Nwoye has described the injunction as ‘baseless’ and of no need, he revealed to our correspondent that his team was prepared.
In a ruling Friday on the case brought before it by the Uba brothers and the other affected PDP members, the Federal High Court overturned the party’s suspension thereby freeing them to continue to lay claim to being the authentic flag bearer of the party for the November governorship election.
Justice Mohammed in his ruling said: “I hereby make an interim order suspending the suspension of the plaintiffs from the party pending the determination if the motion on notice.”
He consequently, fixed September 5 hearing of the motion on notice.
However, to further muddy the waters in the state, Prince Nicolas Ukachukwu last Wednesday also secured an order of interim injunction challenging the emergence and recognition of Tony Nwoye; he had also asked the court to restrain the INEC, PDP, Bamanga Tukur from recognising Nwoye as the party's candidate in Anambra State.
Granting his application, the court which was presided over by Justice S.A Aliyu ordered that the defendants should stop further recognition of Nwoye as PDP governorship candidate in the November 16 governorship election in the state.
Incidentally, Senator Andy Uba had also obtained a similar interim injunction from a Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt restraining both the PDP and INEC from recognising Nwoye as the party's candidate.
Meanwhile, stakeholders in Anambra State have condemned the PDP’s ploy to confuse the electorate during the governorship election describing such as a tradition by the party in the state, pointing out that it was the same situation that cost them the election two years ago.
Reacting on the matter, the Anambra State chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Chukwuemeka Orjiakor described the saga as a ‘culture’ insisting that the party is confused.
"Those things are PDP’s business and tradition because they have been doing that but this time, we shall match them one on one. They have showcased what they have, very soon, we shall showcase ours."
To the coordinator of Anambra Foward Movement and an APGA chieftain: "PDP is making mockery of internal democracy in Anambra State and by extension in Nigeria. For me, I see it as PDP game; I also see it that PDP is confused. I am happy that PDP gave ticket to Tony Nwoye because he is from Anambra North which APGA stands for.
“If Ukachukwu gets court injunction restraining Tony Nwoye, he should tell us who to follow. If PDP destroys themselves, they cannot destroy Anambra State.”
Meanwhile, the embattled PDP candidate in Anambra State, Comrade Tony Nwoye when contacted declined comments on the matter but merely said: "I have no reaction on the matter for now but our team are already working on it. But note that it has no basis because..."