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anambra Guber: PDP Raises The Alarm Over Alleged Plot To Derail Course Of Justice

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 The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has alerted of alleged plot by Justice O.A. Nwabunike of Anambra State High Court to derail the course of jus­tice by making away with the case file on Senator Ugochukwu Uba Vs PDP & Ors in a bid to frus­trate an appeal against his judgment on PDP Anambra State governorship primary election.

The PDP charged Justice O.A. Nwabunike to immedi­ately release the case file, as the compromises in the case were already known to the public, especially the people of Anambra State.

The party stressed that the only reason Justice Nwabunike disappeared with the case file and refused to make copies of his judg­ment available to the PDP and its candidate, Valentine Ozigbo, was because he (Jus­tice Nwabunike) was aware that his perverted judgment cannot stand in any appeal.

The PDP, in a statement by its spokesman, Kola Olog­bondiyan, recalled that on July 5, 2021, “an aspirant, Senator Ugochukwu Uba, who did not participate in the PDP primary, instituted a suit against the PDP, our candidate, Valentine Ozig­bo, and the Independent National Electoral Commis­sion (INEC), wherein he chal­lenged Ozigbo’s candidature for the November 6, 2021 gov­ernorship election.

“Barely 24 hours after Sen­ator Uba instituted the suit, Justice Nwabunike curiously granted an ex parte injunc­tion restraining INEC from carrying out their constitu­tional duty and also abridged the time within which the de­fendants are legally obliged to file their defence from 42 days to only three days in vi­olation of Order 16 Rule 1(2) of the Anambra State High Court (Civil Procedure) Rules 2019.

“Despite the obvious hard­ship created by this strange ex parte order, the judge, on the day of hearing, being the 16th of July 2021, denied the defendants time to respond to the processes served on them and proceeded with the hear­ing of the plaintiff’s case.

“Regardless of the 180 days provided by the consti­tution for the hearing and determination of pre-elec­tion matters, the honourable court hastily concluded pro­ceedings and delivered judg­ment within 14 days.

“The most unfortunate part of this episode is that the judge, after hastily de­livering the judgment, made away with the case file and re­fused to release copies of his judgment to the defendants despite their application in the open court as well as the officially written application to the judge.

“However, to the chagrin of the defendants, the court has gone ahead to issue cop­ies of the judgment to the plaintiff, Senator Uba.

“Moreover, the trial judge has been making every ef­fort to frustrate the notices of appeal filed by the PDP and her candidate, Valentine Ozigbo.”

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