By; MKPUMA ENYINNA, Abakaliki
A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has sacked the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Chairman in Ebonyi State, Hon.Tochukwu Okorie from office ordering the party to swear-in Barr. Silas Onu as the new chairman.
A statement issued by the state Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr.Nwoba Chika Nwaoba said the decision of the court only affected the chairman and not the entire executive members of the party, adding that the embattled chairman is filling an appeal against the judgement.
The statement reads in parts: “A federal high court in Abuja today sacked the chairman of PDP in Ebonyi State, Chief Tochukwu Okorie and ordered that Barr Silas Onu be sworn in as chairman. “Currently, the sacked chairman is filing an appeal.
“The ruling only affected the position of chairman and not the entire executive committee. The high court has exercised its powers and it’s incumbent on the affected to appeal its decision.”
It would be recalled that Hon. Tochukwu Okorie scored 1,240 votes to defeat his closest rival, Mr.Silas Onu who scored 260 votes to emerge the substantive PDP Chairman in Ebonyi State.
Announcing the result, the chairman Ebonyi PDP State Congress Committee, Senator Ben Collins Ndu said that a total of 1,510 delegates were accredited, adding that the election was a free and fair contest, but one of the chairmanship aspirants who was publicity secretary of the party, Silas Onu, said he will challenge the outcome of the congress, alleging that he was not given a level playing ground during the exercise that led to his defeat and therefore, threatened to challenge the outcome in court.