South East PDP To Metu: Ignore Court Order
SAN FRANCISCO, Jan 26, (THEWILL) – Embattled National Vice Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olisa Metu was today told to ignore a court order restraining him from acting as the National Vice Chairman of the party for the South East geo political zone following the existence of a subsisting court judgement obtained before his sack by an Anambra High Court.
The Southeast chapter of the party in a statement by the zonal Secretary, Barrister Vincent Okpalaeke said: “It is trite law that a judgment of a court of concurrent jurisdiction is superior to an Ex Parte Order. It is even moreso when the judgment is first in time.
“The right course of action would have been to appeal against the judgment and not to go to another court and seek an Ex Parte Order on the same subject matter.
“This is a clear case of abuse of court process which must be frowned at by all right thinking members of our society.
“In line with the Constitution of our great Party, the South East Zone Working Committee has set up a 5 man Disciplinary Committee to try Mr. Tim Egbuka and Mr. Emeka Eze for breach of the Party’s Constitution.
“Prior to the Ex-Parte order, there is an existing judgment of High Court of Anambra State, Ihiala Division issued on the 11th Day of November 2010 wherein Chief Barr. Olisa Metuh was declared as having been duly elected in March 2008 as the National Vice Chairman of the PDP South East and was directed as the leader of South East Zone Working Committee of the PDP to continue to perform the functions of the office of National Vice Chairman (South East) of the Peoples Democratic Party.
“The South East Working Committee and indeed the Governors, Party Elders, Major Stakeholders and all the esteemed members of our Party in the South East zone have implicit confidence in the leadership of Chief Barr. Olisa Metuh and shall in view of the superiority of the judgment which declared him duly elected continue to work with him as the National Vice Chairman and the leader of our Great Party in the South East Zone.
“It is important to note that in the past 3 (three) years, our Great Party has grown from strength to strength due to the exemplary and sterling leadership qualities of Chief Olisa Metuh. At the inception of the tenure of the present Zonal Working Committee, our Party controlled only two States in the South East Zone. Today, we are in control of 4(four) out of the 5 (five) South Eastern States. This is a result of the dynamic and purposeful leadership of Chief Barr. Olisa Metuh," the statement said.
The PDP in Chief Metu’s home state, Anambra, has been engulfed in an unending feud over the struggle for the control of the party structure.
The crisis has continued to erode the fortunes of the party in the state.