Port Harcourt - The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Rivers State has asked a High Court sitting in Port Harcourt to commit the Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, the Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonishakin, and Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen Tukur Buratai, to prison for deploying soldiers during the March 19 legislative rerun elections in the state in defiance of a court order.
Others included in the committal proceedings are the Commander of the 2 Army Brigade, Port Harcourt, Brigadier General Stephenson Olabanji, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), and Rivers State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Aniedi Ikoiwak.
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The party and its chairman, Felix Obuah, sought for the relief in a motion of notice filed by their solicitor, Kingsley Chuku, before the state High Court registry.
It would be recalled that the party and Obuah had earlier in a Suit No PHC/601/2016, filed before the state High Court secured a court injunction restraining Amaechi, the army and the federal government from deploying soldiers during the rerun elections.
However, the military authorities flagrantly disregarded the court order as soldiers were massively deployed and seen all over the state, monitoring the conduct of the legislative rerun elections.
The applicants, in the motion on notice is praying the court to jail Amaechi and other respondents for disobeying the order made by the court on March 16.
- News 24