Edo APC crisis: Col. Imuse remains restrained as factional Chair
- Court restraining order to last till the final determination of Motion on Notice…
- Matter adjourned to 19 Feb for Ruling on Motion on Notice….
The Edo State High Court presided over by Hon. Justice V.O.A Oviawe adjourned hearing in the case over the tussle for the Chairmanship of Edo APC to 19th of February, 2020 for ruling on the Motion on Notice for Interlocutory Injunction filed by Barr. Anselm Ojezua, the court-recognised State Chairman of Edo APC.
The matter slated for Ruling today,(20/1/2020), could not go on due to the absence of the case file, which at the time the matter came up was still with the Chief Judge.
A few days ago, Col. David Imuse requested Hon. Justice V.O.A. Oviawe to disqualify himself from further presiding over proceedings or delivering any ruling in Suit No B/177os/19 between Ojezua and Imuse.
In a Motion on Notice filed on 16th January 2020 by his counsel, Imuse accused the judge of being biased against him and other Defendants.
In the Affidavit in support of his application made on his behalf, the factional chairman said that the Judge had a special interest in the matter having granted an interim order on 22nd November 2019 when the former Chief Judge of Edo State, Hon. Justice Ikpomwen had her retirement activities lined up, including swearing-in, interdenominational church service, valedictory session and reception. Col. Imuse averred that on the day in question, NBA issued a circular to the effect that the courts would not sit to enable lawyers to attend the ceremonies. He, therefore, questioned how Ojezua and his group secured an interim order on that day.
The Judge had to forward his response in the case file to the Chief Judge.
It will be recalled that the presiding Judge had pursuant to a miscellaneous provision of the High Court Civil Procedure Rules ordered that the interim injunction restraining Col. Imuse from parading himself as factional Chairman of the Edo APC will remain in force until the final determination of the Motion on Notice.
Hearing of the criminal charge for contempt of Court against Col.Imuse and the other defendants in the matter is yet to commence.
Counsel to Imuse and Okah, Douglas Ogbankwa Esq informed NAIJA CENTER that Judge Oviawe did not make any pronouncement on the case due to the petition by the defendant.
According to him, “The Court did not call the Matter”
“The Judge, Justice VOA Oviawe said the file is with the Chief Judge for reassignment” adding that that parties should take a date with the New Judge.
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