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Members of the Enugu State Executive Council of All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) have gone to court seeking to stop Mr. Okechukwu Nkoloagu from parading himself as the state chairman of the party pending the determination of the substantive suit. The plaintiffs, Ichie Jude Okuli and three other members of the State Executive Council are also asking for an order of interlocutory injunction restraining the chairman from 'continuing to hold himself out as the Enugu State chairman of APGA or exercising the rights, powers and or functions of the Enugu State chairman of the party.

They are also praying the court to stop him from 'enjoying any privilege as Enugu State chairman of the party pending the hearing and determination of the substantive suit.' In an affidavit supporting the motion, the plaintiffs noted that the chairman had served out his four years tenure in December 2010 and had not been re-elected for a second term in accordance with Article 18 of the APGA constitution.

'That having usurped and seized the office of the Enugu State chairman of APGA long after his tenure of office expired, has begun to abuse the position to the detriment of the party and party members.'That it is illegal and a breach of the constitution of APGA for the defendant/respondent to ride shod on the members of the party and continue to retain the office of chairman when his tenure had elapsed.'

They further posited that the defendant/respondent was not qualified to continue to hold the office of chairman.

'That members of the party will continue to suffer untold injustices if the defendant/respondent continues to usurp the office chairman of the party, which position he is using to destabilize the party and had used to prejudice the party's chance of electoral victory in the last general elections.

'That the defendant/respondent will not suffer any damage if he is restrained from continuing in office as Enugu State chairman of APGA and enjoying the rights and privileges thereof until he is re-elected according to the constitution of the party.'

The court adjourned the case to December 19 to entertain the motion for injunction.