The Supreme Court on Tuesday, February 16,2021 laid to rest the lingering leadership crisis in the Rivers State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as it struck out a matter brought before it by Hon. Igo Aguma laying claims to the Chairmanship of the Caretaker Committee of the Party in Rivers State.
A panel of the Apex Court presided over by Kekere-Ekun JSC, after entertaining arguments from Emeka Etiaba (SAN) and Tuduru Ede (SAN) for the Appellant and Respondents respectively in Suit number:SC377/2020: Rt. Hon Igo Aguma v Isaac Abott Ogbobula & 2 Ors, struck out the matter for lack of competence.
The decision has thus affirmed Barr. Ogbobula as the authentic Caretaker Committee (CTC) Chairman of the Party in Rivers State .
Reacting,Chief Ogbonna Nwuke, Spokesperson of the Party, said the judgement was a welcome development .
Chief Ogbonna in a statement posited that
the decision of the Apex Court has vindicated the Party.
The statement reads:
“The truth has come to light. The truth is that Hon Igo Aguma did not have the locus standi to declare himself as Chairman. It also demonstrates that the presiding Judge who planted Igo Aguma as Chairman of the Caretaker Committee erred in law in reaching that decision.”
Chief Nwuke also noted that Igo Aguma ‘s disgraceful quest for power, relying on the manipulation of the law, has ended as a mere academic exercise
“We have always known that Igo Aguma and his co-travellers were out to waste the time of the Court.”
“We are glad that the Supreme Court has seen through the antics of the Pro-Abe group and accordingly thrown out the matter.”
“The APC National Secretariat acted well within its powers when it appointed the Caretaker Committee headed by Isaac Abot Ogbobula.”
“It is now clear to all that the Port Harcourt High Court presided over by Justice George Omereji erred in law when it introduced a meddlesome interloper in the person of Hon. Igo Aguma as the Caretaker Committee Chairman of the Rivers APC in total disregard of the provisions of the party’s Constitution which bestows that right exclusively on the National Secretariat.”
“We hope that Hon. Golden Ben Chioma who is masquerading as a Chairman or Acting Chairman would get the message. He came with Igo Aguma. He should quietly pack up his bags and leave now that the head of the hydra – headed snake has been cut off.”
“On the whole, it is a bright new day for the Rivers APC and a positive indication that better days are coming”, the statement concluded.