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C'River APC crisis : Obono-Obla reacts, says Etim John led exco remain sacked


Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Prosecution, Chief Okoi Obono-Obla has reacted to the reported court injunction allegedly setting aside the nullification of the two parallel state congresses of the All Progressive Congress in Cross River State by the National Working Committee of the party.

Chief Obla, a senior lawyer said that the purported injunction obtained by one of the factional Chairmen, Etim John was meaningless as he and his entire executives remained sacked.

He added that since the injunction said the status quo should be maintained, it means that the status quo which existed before the  court injunction which was the decision of the NWC of APC to nullify the state Congress subsist.

According to him , "I have seen the purported Court order purportedly secured by Etim John people . It is otiose . In the first place , the purported plaintiffs , who claim they are Chairman of the Southern Senatorial District , Ex Officio 1 and Youth Leader respectively don't have the locus standi to sue for themselves and on behalf of delegates elected at Ward Congresses in the 196 Wards in the State and officers elected at the 18 Local Government Areas Congresses".

Obla argue that the Abuja High court where the injunction was allegedly obtained lacked the jurisdiction to hear and determine the case.

"The proper venue or forum would have been the High Court of Cross River State not the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory Abuja . The High Court of the Federal Capital Territory Abuja has no atom of jurisdiction to hear and determine this case.

The Court order itself is meaningless. The order says the status quo should be maintained by both parties . What is the status quo before the Plaintiffs went to Court? The status quo was that there was a purported State exco in place . But the NWC met two weeks, deliberated on complaint arising out of the State Congress held in June and set it aside  and ordered another one . The Plaintiffs went to Court almost two weeks after the decision of the NWC. So the status quo is the decision of the NWC.

The law is settled that no injunction can be sued on an act that has been concluded".
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