Tochukwu Okorie returns as Ebonyi PDP chairman

Ruth Oginyi

Mr. Tochukwu Okorie, the embattled chairman of the People’s Democratic Party has been recognized by the National Leadership of the party as its valid Chairman in Ebonyi State.

In a letter dated 31st May 2022 and addressed to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC and signed by the National Chairman of the PDP, Senator Iyochia Ayu, and the National Secretary, Senator Samuel Anyanwu, the party explained that its decision was in compliance to a judgment by the Appellate court which upturned the judgment of a Federal High Court that had earlier recognized Mr. Silas Onu.

There has been a leadership battle in the Ebonyi State Chapter of the People’s Democratic Party between Mr. Tochukwu Okorie who was elected Chairman in the party’s state Executive Election last year and Bar. Silas Onu served as the Publicity Secretary of the Party in an acting capacity.

Onu had already conducted Primary Elections for some Elective positions for some factional Aspirants.

Onu during the state congress in 2021, contested for the position of the state chairman of the party but Tochukwu Okorie was returned elected.

Dissatisfied with the election, Bar. Onu filed a suit at the Federal High Court Abuja alleging that he was the only candidate who purchased the form for the position of the party’s Chairmanship.

The Position however was zone to Ebonyi south senatorial zone.

In its judgment on April 23rd, the Federal High Court granted Mr. Onu all the reliefs sought to prompt the unexpected swearing-in of the plaintiff.

But, Mr. Okorie moved to Appeal Court for a stay pending the determination of the substantive suit.

It was granted, and Mr. Onu held onto power claiming that there was an order of the Federal High Court restraining the application of a stay on a judgment that had been implemented.

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