From CHIDI NNADI, Enugu
An Enugu High Court yesterday gave an interim injunction restraining Prince Richard Ozobu who served as the secretary to the Ohanaeze Ndigbo National Election Committee that conducted the national election on January 12 from conducting any further election to elect officers of the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation other than those elected on January 12.
Ozobu who fell out with the other 15 members of the electoral committee over the timing of the election has concluded plans to hold another national election in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State tomorrow. But the Chairman of the electoral committee, Chief Chris Asoluka and Dr. Felicia Eneh, who replaced Ozobu as secretary, went to court where they obtained an injunction yesterday to stop the Ebonyi election.
The court order, signed by the Director of Litigation and Courts Division, V.A. Aneke, in the court of Justice C. I. Nwobodo, disclosed that, “upon an application by motion on ex-parte brought pursuant to Order 30 Rules 1,3, (2)(3) of the High Court Rules, 2006 and under the inherent jurisdiction of the honourable court dated January 16, and filed the same day, supported by an affidavit of 33 paragraphs sworn to by Mrs. Selina Ugwuoke-Adibuah, written address and exhibits 011-002,” the order was made.
The court said that after hearing the submissions of Sir O. A. U. Onyema, counsel to the two plaintiffs with Mr. I. M. Olunkwa and Ebeke Christopher and upon considering the facts contained in the affidavit, exhibit and written address ordered as follows: “An interim injunction restraining the defendant whether by himself, agents, privies or by whatsoever or whomsoever from conducting any further election to elect any other person as officers of Ohanaeze Ndigbo outside those elected on Saturday 12th day of January 2013, pending the determination of the motion on notice. “An interim injunction restraining the defendant whether by himself, agents, privies and servants from further making public statements or announcements or by text messages on behalf of Ohanaeze Ndigbo National Election Committee 2013, pending the determination of the motion on notice.
“An interim injunction restraining the defendant, whether by himself, agents, privies and servants from creating any third party interest by conducting another Ohanaeze Ndigbo election on 19th day of January, 2013 and beyond, pending the determination of the motion on notice.” The court adjourned the case to January 30 for hearing of the application. When contacted by Daily Sun, Prince Ozobu said he was not aware of the injunction, saying nobody had served him. He said he was still going on with the Ebonyi election planned for tomorrow.