The Substantive matter and Interlocutory Order granted Obaye Tyger /Joshua Worlu against the Social Democratic Party Rivers State was on the 26th day of March 2021 STRUCKED out and dismissed for Lack of Jurisdiction and lack of Locus STANDI.
In the Judgement delivered by distinguished *HON JUSTICE I.M. SANI* of the Federal High Court 1 (one) holden in Port Harcourt Division, the Learned Judge specifically dismissed the INTERLOCUTORY ORDER restraining INEC and IPAC from dealing with anyone except Joshua Worlu as State Chairman of SDP. The Judgement restored the sanctity, dignity and respect for internal Party Affairs of the SDP and further reaffirmed Hon. Solsuema Osaro as the Substantive SDP Chairman of Rivers State.
The matter suffered three unnecessary adjournments (November 6th, 2019, February 16th, 2021, and March 11th 2021owing to the conspiracy between the Claimant, Joshua Worlu (2nd Defendant) and Patrick Woke (5th Defendant/Rivers State Chairman of APGA who conspired with cohorts to ruin SDP Rivers State). They spuriously refused to file responses to the Preliminary Objection raised by SDP Lawyer *Barr. Colins Dike*
However, when SDP was served in court on the 11th of March 2021, Barr. Colins Dike a Lawyer with great pedigree applied to the court to verbally respond and upholding his oral application, the court heard his argument as advanced and reserved Judgement/Ruling for 26th March 2021.
Delivering the carefully written Judgement, the erudite *Hon. Justice I.M.SANI* held that the claimant (Obaye Tyger) have no LOCUS STANDI to file the matter because his Statement of Claim did not disclose that his right was infringed upon by the dissolution of the Rivers State Working Committee led by Engr Joshua Worlu by the SDP National Working Committee (NWC) on the 20th of August 2019 and that all the Reliefs the sort was to the benefit of another person, Joshua Worlu the 2nd Defendant which is an aberration in its entirety.
As averred by the SDP Lawyer *Barr. Colins Dike* that under Section 251 of The 1999 Constitution as Amended, the Federal High Court does not have jurisdiction over the subject matter of the substantive suit *(Being the Internal Affairs of SDP)* the Learned Judge held that the Court lacked the jurisdiction to entertain the matter abinitio.
The Claimant’s written response to the Preliminary objection which was adopted by Joshua Worlu (2nd Defendant) and Patrick Woke (5th Defendant/APGA State Chairman) asked the Court to dismiss SDP’s Preliminary Objections on the ground that SDP filed out of time which is against Rule 29 of the Federal High Court.
The Learned Judge in his Reverend Judgement made it crystal clear that Rules of the Court cannot override Statutory provisions as the Issue of Jurisdiction can be raised at any point in a matter.
The erudite Learned Judge dismissed the substantive suit as well as the Interlocutory Order restraining IPAC, INEC from dealing with anyone except Joshua Worlu as Chairman of SDP Rivers State.
It can be recalled that the Claimant and Cohorts had on the 29th of November 2019 (Four months after Hon. Solsuema Osaro was appointed as Chairman with the office then at #12 Ikwerre Road) went to the Federal High Court behind the Party, hired a Lawyer one BARR. GOGO MONSI without the knowledge of the Party and against Article 24.6(ii) of the SDP Constitution as Amended 2018 and circumvented all court processes from the Party*
Surprisingly and to our greatest chagrin, 6 months thereafter and precisely on the 5th of May 2020 they secured an Interlocutory Order and posted the same all over Facebook by *Somina Elekima and Blessing Jerry Abredi (who is impersonating the office of the SDP State Woman Leader)* both of who became the official media aids to Joshua Worlu, the megaphone of falsehood employing every antagonistic scheme, perversion and propaganda against all National Headquarters Directives *(including the appeal by the National Secretary to withdraw the matter)*
All resistance to national directives was sponsored by Precious Elekima who provided his hotel where court processes against SDP were received and concealed as well as using his hotel as a parallel meeting point for the misled SDP Members in Rivers State.
The Elekima brothers invented SDP B in Rivers State. Somina Elekima also threatened SDP and everyone who dared to question his atrocities with “the APC situation”. It is now clear that circumventing all court processes from SDP was to use Rule 29 of the Federal High Court to waylay SDP but unfortunately, they failed.
Earlier on, the National Working Committee in a letter dated 20th August 2019 dissolved the Engr Joshua Worlu led Executive. The Judgement have vindicated the decisions of the National Working Committee (NWC), the National Executive Committee (NEC) and by great extension reaffirmed that Hon. Solsuema Osaro Esq, remains as the Substantive Chairman of SDP Rivers State.
Congratulations to SDP Rivers State and Hon. Solsuema OSARO!!!
GOGO ZALMON R. ALLEN
Assistant State Publicity Secretary
Social Democratic Party