Rivers: PDP Bid to Unseat APC Lawmaker Suffers Setback in Court

Rivers: PDP Bid to Unseat APC Lawmaker Suffers Setback in Court
Rivers: PDP Bid to Unseat APC Lawmaker Suffers Setback in Court

Rivers: PDP Bid to Unseat APC Lawmaker Suffers Setback in Court

From Madu Barth,Port Harcourt

The ongoing spirited attempt by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Gov. Nyesom Wike to snatch away the House of Representatives seat of Hon. Ephraim Nwuzi who represents Etche/Omuma Federal Constituency suffered a major setback today (Thursday) as Justice Omotosho of Federal High Court 5 in Port Harcourt discontinued further hearing on the matter.

The discontinuation of hearing on the matter and its consequent adjournment to January 21, 2021 is sequel to the motion of stay brought by Hon.Nwuzi through his Counsel, Tuduru Edeh SAN, who notified the court that his client has appealed the court’s decision to go ahead with hearing the matter despite their contesting the territorial jurisdiction of the Federal High Court to hear it.


Despite heated and vigorous objection raised by the plaintiff’s Counsel, Ifedayo Adams Adedipe SAN, Justice Omotosho ruled that for justice not only to be served but seen to be served, he would stand down further hearing on the matter till January 21, 2021 when the defendant/respondent’s Counsel will update the Court with the progress of the matter at the Appeal Court.

 

It would be recalled that the PDP is alleging that Hon. Ephraim Nwuzi purportedly decamped to the All Progressives Congress (APC) recently, a development said to have irked the leader of PDP and governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, who has vowed to do everything possible to retrieve the House of Representatives seat of Etche/Omuma Federal Constituency seat from Hon. Nwuzi.

Speaking to reporters after the court session, the former Rivers State Publicity Secretary of APC, Warisenibo Chris Finebone called on the PDP and Gov. Wike not to carry an elephant carcass on their head and be fiddling snails with their feet.

 

“Gov Wike and his party should leave Hon. Ephraim Nwuzi alone and face the giants such as Gov. Umahi of Ebonyi State and others who have left and are still leaving the PDP across the nation. For crying out loud, the governor should concern himself with stemming the nationwide exodus the PDP is witnessing and let Hon. Nwuzi be,” Finebone stated.

 
The legal team of Hon. Nwuzi led by Hon Reginald Ukwuoma,the current APC Leader in Etche said   Tuduru Edeh SAN is well-prepared to battle their opponent in court toe-to-toe over the matter.