Judge faults PDP’s suit against CJ, Abang

Justice Olukayode Ad­eniyi of the High Court of Abuja, Monday ex­pressed dissatisfaction with a suit filed by the Ahmed Makarfi-led faction of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) against the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Ibrahim Auta, and another judge in the Abuja Division of the court, Justice Okon Abang.
The Makarfi-led faction of the PDP had filed the suit with respect to the ongoing leadership crisis in the party.
The suit marked, CV/2239/2016, seeks among others, the enforce­ment of the party’s right to fair hearing.
The party blamed Jus­tices Auta and Abang for the various conflicting deci­sions given in relation to the leadership crisis in the party.
The plaintiff said it was wrong for Justice Abang to assume jurisdiction on cases relating to the party’s lead­ership crisis when a judge of the court’s Port Harcourt Division was already hear­ing similar cases.
But Justice Abang had in one of his rulings said that the PDP leadership crisis case was first assigned to him before the case on the same subject-matter was filed before the Port Har­court Division.
The plaintiff is praying among others, for an order setting aside all the deci­sions and orders made so far by Justice Abang in the cases on the PDP leadership crisis.
But Justice Adeniyi, who was to hear the case, faulted the rationale behind the suit filed on behalf of the plain­tiff by Mr. Ken Njemanze (SAN).
The judge said such case was not one that ought to be filed in court.
“I think before the last date the plaintiff would have had a rethink and with­drawn it. I must express my reservation that this is not the kind of suit that should be filed in court. I do not know what this suit seeks to achieve,” the judge said.

Originally posted 2016-09-01 03:39:06.

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