Iyorchia Ayu, others may go to jail for contempt over disobedience of court order on Edo 571 Ad hoc delegates

Dr Iyorchia Ayu, PDP National Chairman

The Federal High Court, Abuja, has ordered the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP’s) National Executive Committee (NEX) led by Dr Iyorchia Ayu to recognize and accept the 571 Ad hoc delegates (3 from each Ward) in Edo State as the authentic delegates of the party or stand the risk of going to jail.

The court order was served on Iyorchia Ayu through substituted service as ordered by the court in both PUNCH and VANGUARD newspapers on Monday, July 4, 2022.

The suit was filed by Hons. Monday Iyore Osagie, Reuben Ekhosuehi, Adeyanba Osaro, Magdalene Osawe and Imariagbe Oghogho on behalf of 576 Ad hoc delegates elected at the PDP ward Congresses in the 192 Wards on April 30, 2022.

The plaintiffs, among other reliefs, sought a declaration that only the 576 delegates who were validly elected witnessed by INEC officials were the authentic delegates of the party.

After hearing plaintiffs’ counsel in the suit, Hon Justice I.E. Ekwo of the Federal High Court, Abuja ordered and declared that the plaintiffs were validly elected as Ad hoc Ward delegates of the party in accordance with the party’s constitution in compliance with Article 15 (2) (e), Article 1 (b) (i) of Part 1 (page 5) and Article 4 (xii) of Part 11 (page 9) of the Electoral Guidelines for Primary Elections of March 13, 2022.

The court further made an Order of Injunction restraining the PDP, its National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu and their agents and privies from using any other Ad hoc delegates or recognizing any other delegates for the purpose of voting for or electing the Local Government National Delegates, House of Assemble candidates, house of Representative candidate or senatorial candidates in Edo State other than the 571 Ad hoc delegates who were elected in the 192 wards congresses covering the 18 Local Government Areas in Edo State on April 30, 2022.

In the application for the issuance of Form 48, Order IX, Rule 13 of the Judgment Enforcement Rules, plaintiff’s counsel led by Dr J.Y. Musa, SAN, drew the attention of the court to the fact that Dr Ayu had continued to defy the court orders made on May, 26, 2022.

Consequent upon hearing the application, Hon. Justice I.E. Ekwo granted orders as prayed. (Adapted from Judesblawg)

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