The crisis rocking the All Progressives Congress, APC Bayelsa State chapter seems to be deepening as some expelled and suspended members of have dragged the party before the High Court of Bayelsa State over alleged violation of their rights as members of the party.
The plaintiffs are Chief Perekeme Kpodoh, Mr. Sunday Oputu, Chief Linus Opuakpa, Mr. Koripamo Enoch, Mr. Christopher Abariowei, Mr. Harrow Zuokumo, Mrs. Rosemary Okia and Fred Akamu.
Others are Godwin Sidi, Enabuna Timidi, Kingsley Wire, Daniel Oweizidei, Moses Dennis, Prince Awini and Emmanuel Vector Weke.
The claimants/plaintiffs, in Suit No YHC/127/2015, filed on July 27, 2015, by their counsel, Funlayefa Seibokuro of Faith Dimensions Chamber, Yenagoa, sued the party and its National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun (representing National Executive Committee of APC) as 1st and 2nd defendants respectively.
They also sued the state chairman, Chief Tiwei Orunimighe; his deputy, Eddy Julius; state secretary, Marlin Daniel and member, Board of Trustees, Peres Peretu, as 3rdto 6th defendants respectively.
The plaintiffs in the fresh suit before the State High Court in Yenagoa, are seeking an order of interlocutory injunction restraining the 3rd – 6th defendants, their agents, servants and/or privies from recognising/dealing with the 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th defendants as state chairman, deputy, secretary and member BoT of APC respectively pending the determination of the suit.
They also sought an order restraining the APC, Odigie-Oyegun, their agents, servants and/or privies, howsoever described, from recognising/dealing with or continuing to recognise/deal with Orunimighe, Julius, Daniel and Peretu as State Chairman, deputy, Secretary and BoT member pending the determination of the suit.
The claimants further prayed the court to restrain the defendants, their agents, servants and/privies from interfering with and/or abridging their rights as members of the APC pending the hearing and determination of the suit.
The claimants, therefore, sought the court to declare that the purported expulsion of the 1st and 2nd claimants from the party was unconstitutional, null and void and of no effect whatsoever.
They further prayed the court to declare the purported suspension of 3rd to 15th claimants from the APC as unconstitutional, null and void and of no effect effects whatsoever.
Part of the submissions of the claimant was that the injunction was designed to preserve an existing legal right from invasion and to constrain parties to maintain the status quo pending the hearing and determination of a motion on notice.
The claimants contended, “The court is therefore urged to hold that they have made out a legal right worthy of being protected during the hearing and determination of the substantive suit.
“We submit that there are serious issues to be determined in the suit. A clear consideration of the statement of claim will raise the following legal and jurisprudential issues: Whether claimants are not entitled to demand from the 3rd defendant to give accounts of the income and expenditure of Bayelsa State chapter of the APC?
“Whether the 4th and 5th defendants can still validly function as state deputy chairman and state secretary respectively after they have resigned from those offices? Whether the 6th defendant, having been adjudged to be a thief by the High Court, is qualified to hold office as a member of BoT of the APC? Whether the purported expulsion/suspension of the claimant followed due process and is valid? Whether the 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th defendants are right to handle the affairs of the Bayelsa State APC whimsically as they have done.”

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