Stanley Uzoaru, Owerri
A Federal High Court sitting in Bwari, Abuja, seeking to commit the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole to prison for disobedience of order of court, has been slated for hearing on February 18.
In the suit: FCT/HC/BW/CV/103/2018, the claimant, Evan Enwerem, sought an order of the court to commit Oshiomhole to prison for the flagrant disobedience of an order of the court restraining him from tampering with the tenure of the elected APC state exco in Imo State, which was issued on August 14, 2018.
Defendants in the suit include the APC, its national chairman, Oshiomhole, who is the second defendant, and the Imo State chairman of the APC, Daniel Nwafor, who is the third defendant and also the applicant.
The motion on notice read in part: “Take notice that this honourable court shall be moved on the 18th day of February 2019, at the hour of 9 O’clock in the forenoon or so, thereafter as counsel on behalf of the third defendant/applicant may be heard praying the court for the following:
“An order committing Adams Oshiomhole, the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress, the second defendant, to prison for disobeying the order of this honourable court made on the 14th day of August 2018. And for such order(s) that the honourable court may deem fit to make in the circumstances.”
The grounds for application as contained in the notice motion read: “That the contemnor/party sought to be committed, disobeyed the order of this honourable court made on the 14th day of August, 2018. The disobedience of the court crder has continued till date.”
It also added that, “Despite the service of the mandatory forms to the second defendant/party sought to be committed, he has continued in defiance of the order of this honourable court.
“It will be in the interest of justice to grant this application so as to preserve the sanctity of the honourable court.”