PDP convention: Metuh petitions CJN over plans to bar him

Immediate past National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Olisa Metuh has petitioned the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Aloma Mukhtar, over moves by some disgruntled elements to manipulate the judiciary to procure fraudulent court orders to bar him from contesting for the same office in the August 31 PDP Special National Convention.

It is believed that those who wants Metuh out of the race seek to manipulate the judiciary after it became clear that he has the backing of the leaders of the party, the national caucus and stakeholders from the South-East where the position was zoned apparently due to his performance while in office and his good relationship with party members across board.

Metuh, in the letter dated August 21, alerted that one of the aspirants to the position, who is afraid of standing for election, has resorted to spirited attempts to use the judiciary to drag him down and get him disqualified.

In the letter, which was obtained by National Mirror, Metuh, who prayed the CJN to intervene and stop the apparent abuse of court process, said the aspirant has embarked on forum shopping and the institution of irritating and spurious suits using surrogates as the plaintiffs.

The letter reads in part:

“My lord, this aspirant first of all commenced a suit at the Federal Capital Territory High Court before Justice O.A Musa in Suit No CV/3788/2013. Using surrogates as the plaintiffs, he obtained an Ex-Parte Order restraining me from contesting the election. When I sought to strike out the suit and indeed filed my processes to that effect, the counsel to the plaintiffs quickly withdrew the suit.

“Upon withdrawal of the suit, the same man who has had the ignoble practice of jumping from one political party to another in search of a platform to ‘contest’ election has now caused the same suit, (which has been struck out) with the same set of defendants but using another set of surrogates to be filed at the Anambra High Court sitting in Awka.

“This new suit (in Awka, Anambra State is A/241/2013 between CHIEF ILOANYA and ANOR v. P.D.P & ORS) is ostensibly to have me disqualified from contesting the election for reasons that failed him in the previous suit at the Abuja High Court. The said sponsor has embarked on his usual boast that the High Court in Awka will seal my fate in the forthcoming election and that by the time a restraining order is granted him on or before August 29, it will be too late for me to set it aside.”

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