Umuahia – Donatus Nwankpa, chairman of Abia State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has described the ruling by a High Court sitting at Okpuala Ngwa and presided over by Justice Collinton Okoroafor, which sacked his executive as judicial partiality.
Speaking in Umuahia, the state APC chairman said he had already been briefed by his team of lawyers that attended the court sitting for furtherance of prove of bias against us.
According to him, the Abia Chief Judge had in a letter dated May 5, 2018 withdrawn the case from Justice Okoroafor. “For him to have taken a position after the case had been transferred from his court is a smear, suspicion, conduct and judicial partiality.
“Second, his so-called grounds (for not vacating the order) are not only frivolous, incompetent and irresponsible; he the judge admitting that I was not served personally but that the office girl was served.
“The legal matter is a mere academic exercise because the exco that went to court is an executive committee of the party that has been dissolved. The matter has been liquidated. There has been a new congress, a new leadership with new members. This is an exercise that is to further proof bias on the side of the judge.
“I want to advise our party members to disregard the irresponsible pronouncement. They should not panic. Already we have appealed and our appeal still stands,” he said.
Justice Okoroafor on Thursday, June 28, restated that the order of his court sacking the Nwankpa-led executive committee of Abia APC subsists.
According to Okoroafor, as long as the decision of the court has not been appealed against and upturned by a higher court, the judgment remains valid.
He also rejected the application for stay of execution of the ruling of the court, which the Nwankpa group sought.
He, however, admonished the parties to make peace among themselves, saying that the altercation among them makes nonsense of the motto of their party, which is justice, peace and unity.
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