One of the candidates for the PDP presidency, Ndukwe Chukwudi, on April 28, demanded that Justice Donatus Okorowo suspend the presidency for violating its zoning agreement and refusing to field a candidate in the South East.
Justice Okorowo, meanwhile, decided on May 18 that the parties should write down their addresses which would lead to a court decision.
But on Wednesday, the PDP chairman’s representative, M. Aliyu (SAN), told the court he had applied to the Court of Appeal.
He therefore appealed to the court to adjourn as his appeal to the Court of Appeal will be heard on May 26.
Other defendants in the case, including the PDP National Secretary, Senator Samuel Anyanwu, as well as another interested party, supported Aliyu’s presentation.
But Chukwudi’s lawyer, Paul Erokoro (SAN), said the court should reject the second defendant’s application but added that the application for withdrawal or adjournment was beyond the jurisdiction of the judge.
Justice Okorowo said he would have to postpone the trial because the application had been lodged.
He added that it should be postponed because one of the parties to the dispute had not been heard.
The judge said, “I have seen the proceedings put forward by the second respondent in the complaint, and the parties have acknowledged that they have received notice of the hearing.
“In this case, there is anapplication to join, an application that the court will not ignore.
“I therefore order it to be postponed due to a request for suspension from the Court of Appeal. The matter was postponed to June 1 for further consideration. ”