The State High Court sitting in Yenagoa Friday fixed June 9th as the date for the hearing into the substantive suit filed against the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Bayelsa for their decision last Month to expel Nine loyalists of the former President, Dr.Goodluck Jonathan from the Party.
The presiding Judge and the Chief Judge of the State, Justice Kate Abiri, while refusing the Exparte Motion sought by the duo of the suspended State Chairman of the Party,Col. Sam Inokoba and the Former Commissioner of Enviroment, Sylvanus Abila, said though the expatriate motion was refused because it will amount to effort in futility, the substantive suit can commence next week.
Justice Kate Abiri, while ruling on the Exparte motion sought by the Inokoba and Abila, said the Exparte motion cannot be granted in vain and that the Court will not grant an injunction after the conclusion of the expulsion exercise.
The court presided over the Chief Judge, Justice Kate Abiri, refused to grant an order for an interim injunction filed by the applicants and directed the counsel to proceed with the originating motion.
Justice Abiri had granted an exparte order for a substituted service on members of the Disciplinary Committee of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, who had been evading court service.
Consequently, the court processes were pasted on the fence of the PDP Secretariat along Chief DSP Alamieyeseigha road in Yenagoa.
The first two defendants, Governor Seriake Dickson and Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Kemasuode Wodu were personally served but the third to tenth defendants have been running away from service.
The third to tenth defendants include State Secretary of the party, Mr. Godpower Keku and members of the Disciplinary committee headed by Mr. Cleopas Moses.
After ruling, counsel to the applicants, Dr. Sylvanus Abila, said they were happy with the ruling for the main matter to begin with accelerated hearing.
“I would want to say that, yes, we filed a motion for an exparte and today the Lordship has ruled that she would want to go into the main matter. And these are things we expect. If you file a motion and the judge is ready to take accelerated hearing on the matter, what you then need to do is to get ready and for us, we will be here on Tuesday to continue our matter. Nothing is lost as we are still before the Lordship”
On possible reasons why the defendants have not been appearing in court, Dr.Abila, said he would expect them or their representatives to be in court.