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RIVERS JUDICIARY: High Court Adjourns till June 19 to decide jurisdiction on Assembly and PDP case

LEGISREPORTS NG – Justice Sika Aprioku of Port Harcourt High court has slated June 19 this year for ruling on whether the court has the jurisdiction on the matter filed by the suspended 27 members of Rivers State House of Assembly against the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) challenging their suspension from the Party.

Justice Aprioku gave the date after hearing a heated argument from the senior advocates in the matter.  Counsel to the Peoples Democratic Party , Ken  Njemanze (SAN)  who spoke with LEGISREPORTS said he raised the issue of jurisdiction on grounds that the matter was an internal affairs of the party. He said the party has an outstanding constitution that guides members.

Mr Njemanze said the 27 Assembly members should have exhausted the available avenues in the party before coming to court.

“We are equally stating that their suit is premature because the claimant did not exhaust all available avenues within the constitution of the PDP before taking a court action” he said.

Meanwhile counsel to the Assembly, Beluolisa Nwofor (SAN) challenged the issues of jurisdiction raised by his opponents and submitted that the PDP constitution is subject to the Nigeria constitution which the PDP laws also recognize.

“Today there was the preliminary objections filed by the PDP and by the Chairman and Secretary of the State chapter of PDP, the court heared the objections and we replied the objections” he said.

 

This report was prepared by our reporter in Port Harcourt.

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