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Published On: Tue, Nov 29th, 2016

Court Halts Urhobo Progress Union General Election, Bars Omene from Parading as President General

LAGOS NOVEMBER 29TH (URHOBOTODAY)-Few days to the election that will usher in new Executive to the run its affair for the three years, a High Court sitting in Effurun, Delta State, has granted an interim injunction restraining the Chief Joe Omene-led Urhobo Progress Union, UPU, from conducting the general election billed for December 2, 2016, pending the hearing and final determination of the applicants’ motion on notice.
In a suit filed by Jitobo Akanike, on behalf of Dr. Peter Obakponovwe, Mr. Solomon Edojah and seven other applicants, the court presided over by Justice Godwin Gbemre, also granted an interim order restraining the President General of UPU from “parading and/or representing himself howsoever as the President General of UPU.”
The applicants had gone to court sequel to the timetable published by the UPU where elections were to come before the congress, contrary to the usual practice where the congress comes first before the elections.
A court document with suit No EHC/287/2016 signed by Presiding Justice Godwin Ggbemre and Assistant Director of the Court, John Nwokobia made available to Urhobotoday online explained, “An order of interim injunction restraining the defendants and Respondent , their agents, servants, privies and/or agents conduction election into any position/ office of Urhobo Progress Union pending the hearing and final determination of the Applicant motion on notice.
“ An order interim injunction restraining Chief Joe Omene ad four other defendants, their agents, servants, privies and whosoever directed by them from conducting election, organizing any election into the various positions of election offices through through the directive of Joe Omene and Chief Albert Akpomudje (SAN) vide the publication of Urhobo Voice newspaper of November 28th,2016 volume 20 at page 6 relating to screening of candidates and directives on delegate list.
“An Order of the honouring court abridging time within which the Ddefendants, respondent are file and serve counter affidavit and order processes to be filed on the suit.
“ An Order of this honourable court granting leave to the Claimant/Applicant to serve the originating process, motion on notice and all other processes to be filed or served in this suit on the Defendants via substituted means to wit: pasting same on the entrance/wall of Urhobo Secretariat at No 18th Okere Road, Warri.
“An Order of this honourable court restraining Chief Joe Omene from parading or acting and representing himself howsoever as the President General of the Urhobo Urhobo Progress Union.”

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