The Court in Benue State has revoked the interim order that restrained Austin Agada from acting as the Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state. Chief Judge Maurice Ikpambese overturned the order, stating that it was granted in error since the judge did not have the jurisdiction to issue the interim injunction without proper assignment by the State Chief Judge or a superior Judge.
The court also declared that the Interim Order restraining Agada as State Chairman of the APC, Benue State Chapter was nullified as it lapsed after seven days as stipulated by the Rules of the Court. All actions taken thereafter were invalidated. Justice Ikpambese will assign the case to another Judge who will hear the matter on its merits.
It is worth noting that Agada was suspended by his Ehaje Ward 1 EXCO for anti-party activities, and subsequently, an Aliade High Court in Benue State restrained him from parading himself as the state chairman of the APC. Following Agada’s suspension, Benjamin Makolo was presented as the new acting chairman by party members to replace him, under the leadership of Gov Hyacinth Alia.
The state secretariat of the party has been sealed by security agencies since Agada’s ouster as the state chairman of APC and the appointment of Makolo as the acting state chairman of the party.