Police have Arrested PDP Chairman as Party Crisis Takes a New Turn
The crisis engulfing the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ebonyi State has taken a new turn with the arrest of its chairman, Silas Onu, by the police.
This comes just a week after the contentious primaries.
Onu, who became the party’s chairman in Ebonyi after a court in Abuja sacked Mr Tochukwu Okorie on April 13, 2022, was reportedly picked up by police officers from the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, on Wednesday.
In his judgement, Justice Ahmed Mohammed of the FCT High Court held that Okorie was not validly nominated to contest the election for the position of Chairman of the PDP in Ebonyi State, and that evidence before it established that Okorie submitted his form three days after the party’s deadline.
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“It is the finding of this court that the second defendant (Okorie) who submitted his nomination form on October 4, 2021, rather than October 1, 2021, in violation of the guidelines for the conduct of congresses, is not validly nominated,” the court said.
“In this court’s opinion, the 2nd defendant, who was sluggish in submitting his nomination form as required by the PDP guidelines, and who was declared and returned elected despite this failure, cannot be allowed to profit from his wrongdoing.”
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