By Chuks Onuoha.
A Federal High Court sitting in Umuahia, presided over by Justice Evelyn Anyadike has chided faceless litigants, who have penchants for inundating Courts with frivolous pre-election cases, to desist from bringing such cases to courts, as it will drag the reputation of the Courts to the mud if they have their way.
Anyadike said that such litigants rush to courts with frivolous cases that have no modicum of evidence to prosecute their matters.
She explained that such was the situation with a Suit No: FHC/UM/CS/101/2022, brought against the All Progressive Congress, AP Candidate in Abia state, High Chief Ikechi Emenike, by one Chief Oti Brutus Agbai & 3 others.
Chief Oti Brutus Agbai & 3 others had challenged the membership status of Emenike, who was duly elected as Candidate APC during primaries on purported grounds of suspension.
The judge stated this while delivering judgment on the suit, which she said had already been settled by a court of competent jurisdiction in favour of the defendant, Emenike.
She affirmed Emenike’s membership of the party, dismissed the suit challenging his membership and awarded him cost of N500,000 as damages, after lambasting the plaintiffs over abuse of Court processes with suits she described as frivolous.
The honourable justice ordered that the cost must be paid by the plaintiffs jointly and severally to each of APC and High Chief Emenike.
The dismissal of this suit brings to 21, the number of cases Emenike has won out of the 24 suits filed by his opponents.
Most of the suits, said to have been filed through surrogates and “meddlesome interlopers”, still suffered defeats in courts after hearing.
The Court ordered that the cost must be paid by the plaintiffs jointly and severally to each of APC and High Chief Emenike.
It is believed that the plaintiffs must have had anchored their claims on the May 26, 2022 judgment of Justice O.A. Chijioke of an Abia State High Court Umuahia, which upheld Emenike’s purported suspension even when a court of concurrent jurisdiction had already quashed the purported suspension.
Justice Chijioke, who was apparently misled, did not take cognizance of the fact that the matter had already been settled in favour of Emenike in the judgment of an Abia State High Court, Umunneochi Division delivered on November 4, 2021.
Emenike and two others had filed a suit before Justice Benson Anya of the Abia High Court, Umunneochi where the purported suspension was nullified, and the plaintiffs affirmed authentic member of the party.
Most of the suits filed against Emenike border on the same issue of his purported suspension, which had been resolved in his favour by the court prior to his victory in the Abia APC governorship primary of May 26, 2022 .
Some of the strong supporters of Emenike are of the opinion that this is another way of distracting their focused principal from his mission of rescuing Abia state from the clutches of misrule. END