BREAKING: Court Makes crucial decision in PDP’s suit seeking to suspend Wike, Fubara, others

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Court halts PDP’s bid to suspend Wike, Fubara, others over alleged anti-party activities

 

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, was about to suspend the departing governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, as a member of the Party due to alleged anti-party activities when Justice Inyang Edem Ekwo of the Federal High Court in Abuja intervened.

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The judge also restrained the party’s national leadership from expelling Mr. Siminalayi Fubara, the candidate for governor of Rivers State, based on the same alleged offences against the party.

 

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Justice Ekwo stated that any organisation created by law must follow the due process of law when dealing with legal issues in his rulings on Tuesday in two separate lawsuits brought against the PDP.

 

Similarly, On Tuesday, a Federal High Court in Abuja reinstated Senator Ifeanyi Godwin Ararume to his position as non-executive Chairman of Nigeria National Petroleum Company Limited NNPCL.

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President Muhammadu Buhari’s dismissal of Ararume on January 17, 2023, was declared null and void by the court on the grounds that the action was arbitrary, unlawful, and illegal.

 

In a judgement in a suit brought by Ararume, Justice Inyang Edem Ekwo ordered Buhari and the NNPCL to pay N5 billion to Ararume as compensation for the unlawful termination and disruption of his appointment.

 

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Justice Ekwo ordered Ararume’s immediate reinstatement as the NNPCL’s non-Executive Chairman.

 

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In addition, the judge declared null and void all decisions made by the Board of Directors of the NNPCL in Ararume’s absence.

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Justice Ekwo ruled that Buhari acted beyond his authority, improperly, unlawfully, and in violation of the law when he fired Ararume for using his name to register NNPCL, and that such a flagrant act cannot stand in the face of the law.

 

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Ararume had dragged Buhari before the court, requesting that it declare his removal as NNPC chief illegal, unconstitutional, and in violation of the CAMA law under which NNPCL was established.

 

In addition to requesting that the court return him to office, Ararume demanded N100 billion in compensation for the damages he suffered nationally and internationally as a result of the unlawful manner in which President Buhari removed him from office.

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