Justice Olukayode Adeniyi of the High Court of Abuja yesterday expressed dissatisfaction with a
suit filed by the Ahmed Markarfi-led faction of the
Peoples Democratic Party against the Chief Judge of
the Federal High Court, Justice Ibrahim Auta, and
another judge in the Abuja Division of the court,
Justice Okon Abang.
The Makarfi-led faction of the PDP had filed the suit
with respect to the ongoing leadership crisis in the
The suit marked, CV/2239/2016, seeks among
others, the enforcement of the party’s right to fair
The party blamed Justices Auta and Abang for the
various conflicting decisions given in relation to the
leadership crisis in the party.
The plaintiff said it was wrong for Justice Abang to
assume jurisdiction on cases relating to the party’s
leadership crisis when a judge of the court’s Port
Harcourt division was already hearing similar cases.
But Justice Abang had in one of his rulings said that
the PDP leadership crisis case was first assigned to
him before the case on the same subject matter
was filed before the Port Harcourt Division.
The plaintiff is praying among others, for an order
setting aside all the decisions and orders made so
far by Justice Abang in the cases on the PDP
leadership crisis.
But Justice Adeniyi, who was to hear the case,
faulted the rationale behind the suit filed on behalf
of the plaintiff by Mr. Ken Njemanze (SAN).
The judge said such case was not one that ought to
be filed in court.
“I think before the last date the plaintiff would have
had a rethink and withdrawn it.
“I must express my reservation that this is not the
kind of suit that should be filed in court. I do not
know what this suit seeks to achieve,” the judge
Justice Auta’s lawyer, Mr. James Igwe (SAN),
agreed with Justice Adeniyi’s observation.
He said he had expressed similar view to Njemanze.
He, however, said he has filed all necessary
documents, including a notice of preliminary
objection, to the suit and that he was ready for
whichever decision taken by the plaintiff at the end
of the day.
Justice Abang, who had also filed other processes,
including a notice of preliminary objection against
the suit, was represented by his lawyer, Aliyu
Ahmed, yesterday.

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