PDP Crisis: Drama as PDP NWC Kicks Out Wike’s Lawyer in Cases Against APC, Others in Rivers

PDP Crisis: Drama as PDP NWC Kicks Out Wike’s Lawyer in Cases Against APC, Others in Rivers

  • A new development has emerged in the crisis brewing the nation's main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party
  • This is as the national leadership of the PDP and the Rivers state Governor's rift, takes a new turn as regards court cases against APC, INEC and others
  • At the court in Port Harcourt on Monday, the PDP NWC threw out Wike's lawyer and took over the cases against the opposition party in Rivers state

There was fresh drama in the Port Harcourt Division of the Court of Appeal on Monday, January 30, 2023.

The drama emerged when the National Working Committee, (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) applied to take over the cases filed against opposition parties by the Rivers chapter of the party, PM News reported.

The Port Harcourt Division of Court of Appeal, PDP National Working Committee, Governor Nyesom Wike
PDP crisis takes a new dimension weeks before the presidential election. Photo credit: Gov Nyesom Ezenwo Wike - CON, Official Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Nigeria
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PDP kicks out Wike's lawyer

In a letter read out in court, the PDP NWC asked Emmanuel Ukala, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) hired by the Rivers chapter of the PDP to allow the lawyer the committee hired, identified as Johnson Usman, to take over the appeal filed against verdicts of the lower court in suits against the Accord Party and Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

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Similarly, the PDP NWC asked Emmanuel Ukala to hands-off from further representation in an appeal against the All Progressives Congress, APC, and National Assembly Candidates by the Rivers chapter of the party.

PDP's request granted by the court

None of the counsels in court opposed the decision of the PDP NWC. Therefore, the three-man appeal panel led by Justice Joseph Ikyegh, granted the request and adjourned until Friday, February 3, 2023, following a request by the new PDP counsel.

PDP Crisis: Wike Threatens Ayu, Other Party Leaders Over Disloyal Conduct

Nyesom Wike, the governor of Rivers state, has promised to “inflict many scars” on Iyorchia Ayu, the national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and other leaders of the opposition, on Tuesday, January 31.

Wike disclosed his intention at the State School Premises in Okehi 1, where the Rivers state PDP flagged off its campaign rally in Etche local government area on Monday, January 30.

The governor spoke on the background of the recent move of the national body of the PDP directing its lawyers to withdraw from the case of the party in Rivers state against other political parties.

2023 elections: PDP G-5 governors politically irrelevant, says Nabena

Meanwhile, Yekini Nabena, an All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain has warned the party's leaders having a chummy relationship with the G5 governors of the PDP to retrace their steps.

Nabena, a former deputy spokesman of the APC, said the aggrieved governors from the opposition party are inconsequential.

The Bayelsa-born APC chieftain stated unequivocally that the governors have no major influence on voters ahead of the elections.

Source: Legit.ng

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