The court ruling was made after Uzochukwu Onyekwere, a member of the APC in Anambra and chairmanship aspirant, contested the May 19 state elective congress that brought in Ibe, over unlawful exclusion.
The Defendants were Okey Ezea; Chairman of the APC Congress Committee in Anambra, Honourable Kingsley Chinda, Ibe, the acclaimed winner, and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Onyekwere prayed the court that he was a bona-fide member of APC and was entitled to aspire for the office the party’s chairman in Anambra.
And in his over-two-hours ruling, Justice Bature Gafai dismissed the counter affidavits of the defendants saying the court did not have jurisdiction over the matter as it was an internal party affair.
Gafai said the plaintiff, being a bona-fide member of the party and having paid the mandatory nomination fee, had the right to contest.
He nullified the election into the APC chairmanship position and ordered a re-run which INEC should supervise.