Chimaroke Nnamani, a former senator for the Enugu East Senatorial District and former governor of Enugu State, has filed a lawsuit against the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over the disciplinary measures that were taken against him for alleged anti-party activities.
A few days before being kicked out of the party, on February 7, 2023, he filed the lawsuit with the Federal High Court in Abuja.
Nnamani was first suspended from the PDP when he announced his support for Bola Tinubu, the APC’s presidential candidate.
The former governor of Enugu State claimed that he backed the APC candidate because he could not back a northerner for president following President Muhammadu Buhari’s eight-year administration.
Nnamani and a few other important party figures were expelled by the PDP for anti-party conduct on February 10, 2023.
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Those listed as defendants in Nnamani’s suit are the Independent National Electoral Commission, the National Chairman of the PDP, Iyorchia Ayu, Samuel Anyanwu on behalf of the National Working Committee members of the PDP.
In the suit, Nnamani asked the court to determine whether it was proper for the party to take disciplinary actions against him without giving him fair hearing.
Earlier, Nnamani, through his lawyer, Olusegun Jolaowo, in the address to the National Working Committee (NWC), said the body has no powers to suspend or expel him from the party.
He said the Iyorchia Ayu-led NWC did not follow due process and strict compliance with the party’s Constitution and therefore lacked the powers to suspend or expel him as a member of the National Assembly.