Touch not: Court Restrains PDP From Further Action Against Amaechi

I have kept myself out of the Nigeria Governor’s Forum drama because I could not care less who takes over as chairman of the body. Apparently during their last elections, two chairmen emerged. The election which was secretly filmed indicates that indeed our dear Amaechi won the election. Jang appears to be contesting that result though, having declared himself winner and standing his ground with his own faction of equally confused counterparts. It is said that Amaechi beat Jang by 3 votes. The presidency has chosen to recognise Jang as chairman.

While most Nigerians have thrown their weight behind Amaechi because they now see him as some kind of under dog, the truth is the guy has been known to be pretty autocratic himself so I really don’t know why I should be rooting for him when he is on the receiving end of the same treatment he has meted out to others who crossed him. He subsequently managed through dint of sheer hard work, to get himself suspended from the party (PDP).

What that means I do not know. Does he now continue his governing role as the member of another party? Does it mean he is no longer governor and his deputy should take over? Does it mean the state will be starved of funds pending the determination of what the bleep is actually going on? No idea. Plus, I no send.

That said, I don’t care for the role Governor Jonah Jang has chosen to play in this debacle. I was a child when he was Military Administrator of Benue state and from what I heard the adults say then, he acquitted himself well. Why is he allowing himself to be dragged into things like this now? Apparently, the nation is not yet sufficiently polarised, we must have it reflected in the workings of the NGF as well. Note that both contenders are from the North and South respectively. So as a ‘northerner,’ I ought to be rooting for Jang. Crap!

Regarding his suspension from the ruling party, the courts have waded into the stand off and ruled in Amaechi’s favour. Whether anyone will actually listen to them remains to be seen. After all a certain governor who happens to be a Senior Advocate of Nigeria recently ignored a court ruling. I see no reason why his un ‘learned’ colleagues should do any different. But forgive my sarcasm. I could be wrong.


A High Court in Port Harcourt, Rivers state has restrained the

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from taking any further action

against Governor Rotimi Amaechi pending the hearing of a substantive

suit challenging his suspension from the party.

The party had on Monday suspended the governor over the removal

of Obio/Akpor Local Government Council Chairman,

Mr. Timothy Nsirim, and 17 councillors.

The Punch Newspapers reports it thus:

The governor, who was apparently not satisfied with the development,

had since approached the court, challenging his suspension from the party.

But Justice Emmanuel Ogbuji on Friday issued a directive stopping the

ruling party from going beyond the Amaechi’s suspension until the matter

was heard.

 Ogbuji’s order came following a preliminary application brought before

the court by the governor’s lawyers led by Mr. Akin Olubunmi (SAN).

Also summoning the PDP to appear before it on June 6, 2013, the court

instructed the party to maintain the status quo in the matter pending the

hearing of the substantive suit brought by the governor.

Ogbuji, however, directed Amaechi to serve the PDP the necessary court

processes by pasting them on the walls of the party in Abuja and publishing

them in national newspapers.

Rivers State has been going through political crisis that has divided the house

of assembly and the state PDP.

The crisis, which began after an Abuja High Court sacked Chief G.U. Ake as

the state PDP chairman, has also led to the suspension of 27 out of the

32 members of the assembly.


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