Tukur, PDP fail to stop Baraje's camp in court

By The Citizen

Justice Elvis Chukwu of the Federal High Court, Abuja has rejected moves by the Bamanga Tukur-led faction of the troubled Peoples' Democratic Party (PDP) to restrain the Abubakar Baraje-led faction of the party.

The judge, in a ruling yesterday, refused an ex-parte application by the Tukur-faction, seeking to restrain senior members of the Baraje-faction from parading themselves as members of the party's national executives, pending the determination of the substantive suit.

The application had particularly sought to retrain former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar; former Osun State governor, Olagunsoye Oyinlola; Baraje, a chieftain of the party, Sam Jaja, among others (named as respondents in the substantive suit) from acting as executive members of the party.

Also named as respondent is the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

When the application, filed by applicant's lawyer, Tochukwu Onwugbufor (SAN), was moved, Justice Chukwu declined to grant the applicant's prayers, but instead, ordered that the respondents be put on notice.

The judge also ordered that the notice be served on the respondents through substituted means.

'Although I am not afraid of granting an ex-parte application, especially when it is obvious of causing anarchy, however, I owe a duty to maintain a balance.

' What I want to do is order that the respondents are put on notice,' the judge held.

Justice Chukwu also ordered parties to maintain status quo pending the determination of the substantive suit.

He consequently fixed September 12 for hearing of the substantive suit.