Justice Valentine Ashi of the Federal Capital Territory High Court in Abuja has ordered the embattled former chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Bayelsa State, Col. Sam Inokoba (rtd), to stop parading himself as chairman, pending the determination of the motion on notice which is before court.
Inokoba was suspended by the Bayelsa State Working Committee (SWC) of the PDP over allegations of incompetence and ineptitude, including acts of financial impropriety in the alleged diversion of N70 million donated to the party by the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Allison-Madueke for the Bayelsa presidential rally.
But Inokoba described his suspension as a ruse claiming that only the PDP National Working Committee and its chairman, Alhaji Adamu Muazu, could suspend him.
Seven members of the Bayelsa SWC of the PDP, therefore went to court seeking among other reliefs, an order of interim injunction restraining Inokoba, his agents, privies, or appointees from either parading himself as Bayelsa State PDP chairman, pending the determination of the motion on notice now pending before the court.
They are Cleopas Moses, Hon. Godspower Keku, Richard Perekeme, Faith Opene, Alfred Atiegha, Numomikari Walter and Ikpi Patterson, who sued for themselves and on behalf of Bayelsa SWC of the PDP.
The PDP, its national chairman (Adamu Muazu) and Inokoba were joined as first, second and third defendants in the suit.
Judgment for the interim order was fixed for March 23, but was adjourned till April 20 because counsel to the defendants was not in court, and was again adjourned to (Monday) May 11, 2015.
But in his judgment on the definite hearing delivered on (Monday) May 11, Justice Ashi ordered that, “Interim order of injunction earlier granted on March 23 is hereby declared to subsist and shall remain in force as binding on the defendants, pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice.”
Since his suspension over four months ago, Inokoba has neither gone to the party secretariat nor thought it fit to campaign for the PDP during the just concluded elections.


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