Date Published: 01/12/11
Court sacks Nwodo as PDP Chairman
An Enugu High Court has sacked Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Okwesileze Nwodo on an alleged ground that his emergence as the party chairman was illegal.
The order was granted by the presiding Judge, Reuben Onuorah, ruling that Mr. Nwodo should stop functioning as chairman and enjoying any benefits from the position, pending the determination of motion on notice for interlocutory injunction.
The order said the PDP chairman should stop “parading himself as chairman of the Party.
The Enugu Court ruling is coming barely 24 hours before the party’s presidential Primaries where Nwodo, a staunch supporter of President Goodluck Jonathan is expected to play a major role.
Aggrieved members of the PDP allegedly sponsored by Governor Sullivan Chime of Enugu state had dragged the PDP chairman to court.
The suit, No E/449/2010, was filed in December by Collins Amalu, a registered member of the party from Ngwo-Uno ward in Enugu State. In the suit, Mr. Amalu claimed that Mr. Nwodo was not a bonafide member of PDP.
“At the time he left the PDP and sought to return to the party, he did not re-register as a member of the party and was not issued a membership card in line with PDP Constitution. This fact was publicly confirmed by Mr. Nwodo himself and enquiries made also confirmed that. Based on that, he is not entitled to hold the position, perform any function, or enjoy the benefits from the party,” the judgement said.