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Rivers APC Crisis: Judge Summons Uchendu, Davies Over Alleged Contempt Of Court

A Port Harcourt High Court Judge, Hon. Justice George Omereji has ordered that former Senator representing Rivers East Senatorial District, Senator Andrew Uchendu and factional Caretaker Committee Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State, Hon. Sokonte Davies should appear before him to defend alleged contempt of court case brought against them.

This followed an exparte motion brought before the court by Hon. Igo Aguma through his counsel, E.S. Aluzu on Wednesday, June 24, 2020 challenging the suspension and sacking of the Aguma-led Caretaker Committee of the APC in Rivers State, hence declaring the action as contempt of court having regard to the court ruling which declared Aguma as Caretaker Chairman of the APC in the state.

The learned counsel had told the court that she had filed a 12-paragraph affidavit with exhibits marked as Exhibit A and a written address which she adopted as her legal argument in support of the application.

Justice Omereji said in his opinion, the relief to serve the alleged contemnors is in accordance with the constitutional right of fair hearing.

“Put in another way, the application is to afford the parties sought to be served the opportunity to come before this Honourable Court to defend the allegation against them.

“The Claimants/Applicants in my humble opinion, has presented facts sufficient enough to enable this Honourable Court to exercise its discretion in favour of the application”, the judge said, while granting the reliefs sought in the motion paper.

The presiding judge further ordered that the ruling shall be attached to the processes to be served on the alleged contemnors.

The alleged contemnors, Hon. Andrew Uchendu and Hon. Sokonte Davies are expected to appear in court on the adjourned date, Tuesday, July 7, 2020 to defend the allegation.