Newly Appointed Taraba PDP Chairman Restrained from Assuming Office

Justice Bala Usman of the Federal High Court sitting in Jalingo, Taraba State has on Friday restrained Alhaji Abubakar Bawa, the newly appointed Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chairman in the state from assuming office.

Alhaji Bawa was appointed Chairman of the party on Friday last week to replace Alhaji Bakari who became acting chairman following the resignation of Lt. Col. Agbu Kefas to contest in the gubernatorial primaries of the party.

In motion number FHC/JAL/M/52/2023, suit number FHC/JAL/CS/10/2023 between Alhaji Inuwa Bakari against the trio of PDP, Abubakar Bawa and INEC, the presiding judge, restrained Bawa from acting, parading or carrying out responsibilities as the state chairman of the party.

While ruling on an exparte motion filed by Alhaji Inuwa Bakari, the outgoing acting chairman of the party, the judge gave an order of interim injunction restraining Bawa who was the Special Adviser (Political) to Governor Darius Ishaku from parading himself as Chairman of the ruling party pending the judgment of the substantive suit.

“AN ORDER of INTERIM INJUNCTION restraining the 2nd Defendant Abubakar Bawa from acting, carrying out functions and parading himself as the chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party Taraba State chapter pending the hearing and determination of the Motion on Notice.

“AN ORDER restraining the 1st Defendant from taking any step (s) that may negatively affect the membership right of the Plaintiff as the acting chairman of the 1st Defendant pending the hearing and determination of the Motion on Notice.

“AN ORDER restraining the 1 Defendant by itself or any of its organs at any level from expelling, suspending, reprimanding, censuring, fining, debartment from any party office and removal of the Plaintiff from office pending the hearing and determination of the Motion on Notice,” part of the copy of the ruling read. 

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Justice Usman granted all the reliefs sought by the plaintiff and adjourned the matter to May 9 for hearing.

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