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Sacked Chief Tiwei Orunimighe, APC chairman reinstated by court ahead of congress

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The High Court sitting in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State on Friday, reinstated the sacked Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state, Chief Tiwei Orunimighe.

This development has generated tensions in the party, with APC’s congress scheduled to begin on Saturday.

Orunmimighe was expelled by the National Working Committee (NWC) over allegations of anti-party activities and Josef Fafi was appointed the Acting Chairman.

The committee also suspended the Deputy Chairman of the party, Eddy Julius and the state party Secretary, Marlin Daniel.

Orunimighe then dragged the APC, the party’s National Chairman, Chief John Oyegun and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to court challenging his removal.

Ruling on the motion exparte, the presiding judge of the High Court, Sagbama Division, Justice E.G. Omukoro, granted all the reliefs sought by Oruminighe.

Omukoro in his judgment said: “I am persuaded and inclined to grant the reliefs sought as they are preservative in nature and intended to protect the applicant’s lawfully and judicially recognized office from threats.”

The court fixed May 10 for hearing of the motion on notice.

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