Court orders PDP to replace Anyanwu as National Secretary


A High Court sitting in Enugu State has ordered the Peoples
Democratic Party, PDP, to replace Senator Samuel Anyanwu as the party’s
National Secretary.


Anyanwu is the PDP governorship candidate for the
forthcoming election in Imo State.


The order was granted while ruling in a motion on notice filed
by Nwabueze Ugwu seeking the court to declare Senator Anyanwu’s seat vacant.


The court compelled the defendants in the suit- the PDP
National Chairman, the PDP National Secretary and the National Vice Chairman,
South-East to recognise Sunday Udeh-Okoye as candidate recommended by the
South-East Zonal Executive Committee to replace Anyanwu pending the
determination of the motion on notice.


The presiding judge, Justice C.O Ajah held that the motion
on notice was brought under order 38 rule 1, order 39 rule 1 of High Court
rules of Enugu State 2020, supported by 23-paragraph affidavits deposed to by
the applicant.


Justice Ajah ordered as follows:


“That an Interim Order is hereby granted as prayed.


“That the 2 Defendant/Respondent is hereby ordered to
recognize within 24 hours of the service of this order on him, HON. S.K.E.
UDEH-OKOYE (the person recommended by the South East Zonal Executive Committee
of the 1” Defendant /Respondent; pending the hearing and determination of the
Motion on Notice.


“That this Order will lapse after seven (7) days from today
in accordance with the Rules of this Court.


“That the matter is adjourned to 30/10/2023 for the hearing
of the Motion on Notice.”


Recall that the PDP, South-East zone, had last
weekend, unanimously nominated the former PDP National Youth Leader, Hon.
Sunday Udeh-Okoye as the new party National Secretary.


The party’s National Vice Chairman, South-East Zone, Chief
Ali Odefa, who read a communique after the meeting, had explained that the
decision was to allow Senator Anyanwu concentrate on his electioneering
campaign in Imo State.


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