- The PDP is yet to sail off its leadership crisis in Ebonyi state
- This is as the court sacked the caretaker committee of the party on Wednesday
- The committee, led by Fred Udogu, was also dissolved as the court pronounced it as illegal
Fred Udogu, a caretaker committee chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ebonyi state, has been sacked by the court.
In a judgment on Wednesday, February 10, the PDP committee headed by Udogu was also declared illegal by a Federal High Court sitting in Abaliki, the Ebonyi state capital, The Nation reports.
Nnachi Okoro, a legal counsel to the Onyekachi Nwebonyu-led PDP executive in Ebonyi state had filed a case before the court in November 2020 seeking the dissolution of the Udogu-led faction.
The plaintiff also urged the court to reinstate him back as the legal adviser of the Ebonyi PDP, describing his removal following the defection of Governor Dave Umahi as unconstitutional.
Delivering his judgement, the presiding judge, Justice Aluko Akintayo, in a three hours judgement argued that the Okoro's removal was illegal and mandated his reinstatement.
He also mandated the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) not to recognise the purported caretaker committee constituted by the national leadership
Justice Akintayo also ruled that the national body of PDP failed to prove before the court the allegations of anti-party activities and attempts to destabilise the party which were levelled against the Ebonyi state executive committee of the party.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Chika Nwoba, spokesperson of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ebonyi, resigned from his position moments after Governor Umahi formally announced his defection to the party.
Umahi defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the ruling party after months of speculations ridden by anxiety.
But in a prompt response to the development, Nwoba who is an APC chieftain in Ebonyi said he is leaving his position because he cannot continue to work at the forefront with Umahi being the supreme leader of the party in the state after his defection.