- As interim order against him elapses
The immediate past Nigeria Minister of Interior and All progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) governorship aspirant in Imo State, Capt. Emmanuel Ihenacho, has challenged the jurisdiction of the Etiti High Court of Imo State to entertain a suit filed against his membership of the APGA by one Kennedy Onyemara.
In a preliminary objection, counsel to the governorship hopeful D. C. Denwigwe SAN described the suit as frivolous and only politically motivated to distract his client.
In his application for the case to be struck out on want of jurisdiction, the legal luminary relied on many legal authorities including a recent Supreme Court decision in the case between APGA and Independence Ogunenwe where the apex court held that court lacks the jurisdiction to determine membership of a political party.
On his own part, counsel to the Claimant Ukpai Ukairo Esq. among other things, argued that the above case did not have the same facts with the issues before them urging the court to dismiss the preliminary objection.
The case was later adjourned to 9th of December for ruling.
Later in an interview, one of the counsel to the former minister who also appeared in the matter Barr. Silvester Amadi-Obi, said that by efflux ion of time, the efficacy of the interim order earlier made in the suit had elapsed.
On the non-appearance of APGA who is also a defendant in the matter, the legal practitioner alleged that the party had not been properly served with the court processes to enable it appear.