The Imo state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP has expressed its determination to reclaim its mandate from the ruling All Progressives Congress come 2023.
According to a statement released on Monday and signed by Mazi Emenike Nmeregini, Publicity Secretary of the party in Imo, the opposition party disclosed that the Supreme Court, unanimously, in a landmark judgement, delivered on Monday, upheld the 2020 PDP Ward, LGA and State Congresses of the Party.
In the statement made available to newsmen, PDP recalled that some its members had approached the Imo State High Court, in the suit, PDP vs Chief Joseph Ugwulegbo and 63 others, challenging the 2020 Congresses that produced Engr. Charles Ugwu led Executive.
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According to the party: “Imo PDP in its submission, through its counsel, Chief Ndukwe Nnawuchi SAN, challenged the jurisdiction of the Court to entertain the suit on the grounds that it was a pre-election matter since Congresses of political parties are domestic affairs of the party and therefore not justiciable because courts lack the powers to interfere with the internal affairs political Parties.
“The Owerri high court agreed with PDP and subsequently dismissed the case for lack of jurisdiction.
“The plaintiffs, led by Chief Ugwulegbo, however, headed to the Court of Appeal Owerri to challenge the ruling of the lower court.
“The Court of Appeal, in its ruling, set aside the judgement of the lower Court and ordered for a retrial
“Imo PDP thereafter approached the Supreme Court to challenge the judgement of the Appeal Court.
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“Delivering its judgement, read by Justice C. C. Nwaeze the Supreme Court in a unanimous judgement, agreed with the objection of PDP and summarily set aside the judgement of the Court of Appeal and upheld the Party Congresses of 2020 as credible.
“We wish to seize this opportunity to express our gratitude to the Apex Court for their industry in upholding the truth. This is indeed a victory for democracy.
“Our party is poised to reclaim our mandate in 2023. This judgement has laid to rest the issues against the conduct of our congresses. “
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