(2021) JELR 108899 (CA)    
Court of Appeal  ·  CA/OW/201/2020 ·  7 May 2021 ·  Nigeria
Ayobode Olujimi Lokulo-Sodipe Justice of the Court of Appeal Oludotun Adebola Adefope-Okojie Justice of the Court of Appeal Amina Audi Wambai Justice of the Court of Appeal

OLUDOTUN ADEBOLA ADEFOPE-OKOJIE, J.C.A. (Delivering the Leading Judgment): This is an appeal against the judgment of the High Court of Imo State delivered on 1/7/2020 by T.E. Chukwuemeka-Chikeka J sitting in the Owerri Judicial Division. 

The summary of the facts leading to the appeal are that the Appellants, as Plaintiffs before the lower Court, were disgruntled, that as registered members, they were precluded from participating in the Ward and Local Government Congress of their party, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Imo State. They accused the Respondent of hoarding and refusing to sell nomination forms to them, contrary to the Party’s constitution, yet availing “a few selected individuals”. They were thus deliberately excluded from the said elections.

They filed an Originating Summons before the lower Court and motions for injunctive orders, in response to which the Respondent filed a Preliminary Objection challenging the jurisdiction of the Court to intervene in the interna…

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