A Federal High Court in Abuja yesterday prevented efforts by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to suspend Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike and his loyalists in the state for alleged anti-party activities.
The court restrained the party’s national leadership from suspending Rivers State governor-elect Siminlalayi Fubara and his deputy, Dr Ngozi Odu.
In its judgment, Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Supreme Court ruled that the suit launched to safeguard their party membership had substance.
The court ruled that the PDP, as an organization operating within the confines of a constitution, must always adhere to the rule of law.
The court ruled that suspending the applicants arbitrarily without recourse to the rule of law would be a gross violation of their fundamental rights to freedom of association.
Justice Ekwo emphasized that the court has the authority to intervene in the affairs of a political party if there is a breach or the likelihood of a breach of its own rules and regulations.
He decided that the court has the power to grant redress persons who have established that there are planned acts that might result in the violation of their rights.
As a result, the court barred the PDP’s national leadership from suspending Wike, Fubara, his deputy, and other Rivers State party leaders.
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