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Court okays Inokoba suspension as Bayelsa PDP chairman

Justice Valentine Ashi of the Federal Capital Territory High Court in Abuja has ordered the embattled chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Bayelsa State chapter, Col. Sam Inokoba (rtd), to stop parading himself as the party leader, pending the determination of the motion of notice before court.

The former PDP Chairman, Inokoba was suspended by the Bayelsa State Working Committee (SWC) over allegations of incompetence and ineptitude, including acts of financial impropriety in the alleged diversion of N70million donated to the party by the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Allison-Madueke for the Bayelsa Presidential rally.

He was alleged to have pocketed N40 million, but only presented N30 million to the PDP State Working Committee.

However, Inokoba described his suspension as a ruse claiming that only the PDP National Working Committee and its chairman, Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu, could suspend him.

Seven members of the Bayelsa SWC of the PDP, therefore, went to court seeking among others, an order of interim injunction restraining Inokoba, or his agents, privies, appointees from either parading himself as Bayelsa State PDP chairman, pending the determination of the motion on notice now pending before the court.

The seven members are Cleopas Moses, Hon. Godspower Keku, Richard Perekeme, Faith Opene, Alfred I. Atiegha, Numomikari Walter and Ikpi Patterson, who sued for themselves and on behalf of Bayelsa State Working Committee.

National chairman PDP (Adamu Muazu) and Inokoba were joined as First, Second and Third defendants in the suit.

Judgment for the interim order was fixed for March 23, but was adjourned till April 20 because counsel to the defendants was not in court.

On April 20, the case was again adjourned to (Monday) May 11, 2015, because the court could not sit.

However, in his judgment on the definite hearing delivered on (Monday) May 11, but obtained by Judiciary correspondents on Tuesday in Abuja, Justice Ashi ordered that, “Interim order of injunction earlier granted on March 23 is hereby declared to subsist and shall remain in force as binding on the defendants, pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice.”

Major stakeholders in Bayelsa State chapter of PDP had maintained that the state Chairman of the party, Col. Sam Inokoba (rtd), remains sacked.

In a statement issued in Yenagoa, said since Inokogba’s suspension over four months ago, he has neither gone to the party secretariat nor thought it fit to campaign for the PDP during the just-concluded elections.

In anger over his suspension, he worked against his own House of Assembly candidate, Hon. Tonye Isenah, of the PDP in the recently-concluded House of Assembly elections.

Sources in the PDP circle hinted that by supporting an opposition party’s candidate against his own party, he is bound to face the party’s disciplinary committee.

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