A Federal High Court in Port Harcourt on Thursday ordered the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to recognise and deal with the two factions of the party in Anambra State.
The presiding Judge, Hyeladzira Nganjiwa gave the order while ruling on a motion filed by a factional chairman of the PDP in Anambra,Ejike Oguebego, praying the court to declare Andy Uba as the party’s candidate for the forthcoming November 16 governorship election in the state.
The faction also prayed the court to direct INEC and National Working Committee of PDP not to recognise, Ken Emeakayi’s faction of the party in the state, which produced Tony Nwoye as its candidate for the election.
Justice Nganjiwa in his ruling directed that the order should stay pending the determination of a suit.
The judge also ordered the two factions to maintain the status quo and obey the order of a Federal High court in Akwa, Anambra, on May 31
The judge, after giving the order, announced that he was handing off the matter due to a petition he received from Ekem Ekem law firm, adding that he would inform the Chief Judge of Federal High Court and await his directive.
“I will not hear this matter again until I see my chief judge,”Nganjiwa said and adjourned the case to September 17.