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Court Adds PDP As Eighth Defendant In Okorocha’s Suit 

The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has added PDP as the eighth defendant in Okorocha’s Certificate of Return suit.     

Funsho Akinwale

The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Thursday joined the Peoples Democratic Party as co-defendants in a suit filed by Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, over his certificate of return.

The Peoples Democratic Party, on Wednesday, had asked the court to be added as the eight defendant amidst strong opposition from Okorocha on the grounds that the move was a ploy to frustrate the suit.

Justice Okon Abang, while delivering his judgement, said that it was safer and neater to allow the party to participate in the suit for there to be a fair hearing.

“The right to fair hearing takes precedent over all other issues. It is safer and neater to join PDP whether it is a necessary party or not.

“I have considered the well-articulated and persuasive arguments by respective counsel in this suit and the judicial authorities cited by them.

“I am satisfied that this is a deserving case to join PDP to decide otherwise will amount to denial of fair hearing and any decision reached by the court will be a nullity.” he said.

The Justice thereafter warned the lawyers not to engage in unethical conducts that would occasion a delay in the hearing and determination of the suit.

He added that the matter was time sensitive and the court would accord it expeditious hearing and would not entertain frivolous application for adjournment. The Judge adjourned the case till May 16, 2019.

Okorocha dragged the Independent National Electoral Commission over the commission’s refusal to issue him a certificate of return as the senator-elect for Imo West Senatorial District.