SUPREME COURT RULES IN FAVOUR OF DANIEL NWAFOR AND AFFIRMS HIS POSITION AS IMO STATE APC CHAIRMAN
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The Supreme Court has affirmed Daniel Nwafor as the authentic Chairman of the Imo State chapter of the All Progressive Congress (APC).
Recall that the apex court had fixed today, 27 May, 2022 to deliver judgement on the leadership crisis rocking the Imo State chapter of the APC.
A five-man panel of justices of the apex court led by Justice Kayode Ariwola, delivered the judgement on the merit of a suit that was seeking to set aside the judgement of the Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal, which sacked Mr Nwafor as the Chairman of the APC in Imo state.
The APC had through its lawyer, Robert Emukpoeruo, SAN, contended that the appellate court erred in law when it okayed Nwafor’s removal, based on a pre-election matter that was lodged before a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, by one of its chieftains in the state, Mr. Evan Enwerem.
It will be recalled that the Abuja High Court had in a ruling by Justice Othman Musa delivered on July 20, 2020, ordered Nwafor not to enforce or give effect to a 2018 judgement of the court that recognised him as Chairman of APC in Imo state, pending the determination of the appeal that was filed by the party.
Justice Musa noted that the crux of the appeal by the APC was that at the time the court entertained the suit that led to the judgement that recognized Nwafor as its Chairman in Imo, it was more than 14 days from the date it held congresses in the state.
Consequently, while granting an order to set aside the judgement, Justice Musa issued an injunctive order that restrained Nwafor from functioning as Chairman, pending the determination of the case.