BREAKING: AKOBUNDU VS NWOKOCHA: Abia LP Issues Ultimatum To Appeal Court, Seeks Review Of Judgement
The Abia State Chapter of the Labour Party, has described the appeal court’s judgement sacking the senate minority whip, senator Darlington Nwokocha as a shocking, pervasive and a smuggled-in judgement, which is unacceptable.
Addressing a press conference at the state party secretariat in Umuahia on Sunday, the Abia state Labour party chairman cum chairman of council of chairmen, Labour Party, Mr Ceekay Igara, noted that senator Darlington Nwokocha remains the senator representing Abia central since the Chairman of the National Assembly Election Appeal Court, Sir Biobele A. George Will, Justice of the Court of Appeal (JCA) in Lagos state, reversed himself in subsequent judgements he gave on same day.
The Labour party maintained that in jurisprudence, the appeallate court and other courts, lacks the jurisdiction to hear internal party matters , and issued an ultimatum for the judge to release the controversial judgement to the party to ascertain the exact content of the said judgement.
Igara while stating that Colonel Austin Akobundu (retd) of the PDP, was never ‘in the ballot’, wondered why the appeallate judge would sideline the choice of the Abia central people and give a judgement which could have only be gotten through imagination.
“We register our displeasure on the outcome of that judgement . It is a known fact that in jurisprudence, every party internal matter cannot be adjudicated by the judiciary because we have a plethora of judgement from the supreme court and other courts that is why we are most shocked by the rascality of the judiciary.
“Basically, that section 77 where the judgement was predicated on, we’ve had a lot of judgements that both the tribunal and appeal court have reversed. For example, the case of Hon. Amobi Ogah, Hon. Obi Aguocha, Hon. Ginger Onwusibe and most recently, the Labour party candidate in Delta state .
“We have plethora of judgements that are saying that the lower court and the appeallate court do not have the jurisdiction over party internal affairs”
“We are demanding as a party, that the judge deliver to us details of that judgement before the end of today (Sunday), for us to know if what he said will stand anywhere, even when he has reversed himself .
“Nobody knew Akobundu was in the ballot. How can you come and change what the people want? and you start giving us what you imagined in your brain? We say no to this; let the right judgement be given to us” Igara said.
“Distinguished senator Darlington Nwokocha has not been removed because if he has been removed, there is no way the judge would have reversed himself. Darlington Nwokocha remains our only senator in Abia central ” he added.
Others present at the press conference include LGA chairmen;
Umuahia north, Ikwuano, Isialangwa north, Abia central, state deputy woman leader, Abia central woman leader, and Umuahia south chairman.