Lawyer to Rivers State PDP, Barrister Emmanuel Aguma has declared that the PDP is in court to challenge outgoing Governor Rotimi Amaechi’s competence to be a judge in a political matter in which he is an interested party.
Addressing journalists in Port Harcourt on Wednesday after the suit filed by the Rivers PDP against Governor Amaechi and other members of the Commission of Inquiry on political violence during the last elections, Barrister Aguma further stated that the Rivers PDP is challenging the membership of the commission.
According to him: “the governor who set up the commission cannot be a judge in his own matter, which the PDP believes he is involved in. Secondly, Rivers PDP believes that some members of the commission have had fore-knowledge of the matters and have made statements on these matters”.
The counsel to the PDP stated that a suit has been instituted on the setting up of the commission and members are duly aware of the existence of an injunction stopping them from continuing with their sitting.
He said having been duly informed of the Federal High Court injunction on the commission, what the commission is presently doing amounts to resorting to self help.
He said: “Any conclusions of the commission will be placed before the court with a prayer that they be set aside. No matter how right or wrong the conclusions will be, they were made in outright contempt of a court order of competent jurisdiction.”
Barrister Aguma regretted that the commission despite being duly informed of the court order brought before them by a counsel resolved to act in defiance of an order they are aware of.
On the ex parte order granted against the Commission, Barrister Aguma explained that it would have lapsed after 14 days if the Commission had applied to set it aside. He noted that the failure of the Commission to apply for the setting aside of the injunction, makes the ex parte injunction to subsist beyond 14 days.

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