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Removal of APC Chairman: What court decided on Friday

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An Edo State High Court on Friday directed that a status quo be maintained, pending the hearing of an interlocutory application over the chairmanship of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The court granted an order of interim injunction as at 10th of November, 2019, confirming Anslem Ojezua as the chairman.

Ojezua was removed from office after eleven out of the 16 member State Working Committee signed a removal notice on him as state chairman of the party.

Justice O. Oviawe, who presided over the case filed by Anselm Ojezua, Kenneth Asekhomhe and Dr Aisosa Amadasun after hearing the submission, said the court was satisfied with the fact that there is a substantial issue to be heard and a status quo be maintained, pending the hearing of an interlocutory application.

“I have carefully considered this application, the affidavit evidence before the court and the legal submissions of the applicant, together with the authorities cited and I have come to a determination that this application of an order of interim injunction finds merit.

“I am satisfied that there is a substantial issue to be tried at the hearing. An order of interim injunction which is granted upon an ex-parte application is always granted for a short and limited period depending on the gravity and urgency of the situation, in order to essentially preserve the res or the status quo pending the hearing of an interlocutory application in the same matter.

“In line with the authorities, and being satisfied as to the urgency of this application, and being satisfied as to the urgency of this application, the application is hereby granted as prayed.”

Justice Oviawe adjourned till Thursday, December 5th, 2019 for hearing and determination of the motion for interlocutory injunction.



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