There is excitement in the Imo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) over a judgement of the Supreme Court affirming the election of Hon. Macdonald Ebere as chairman of the party in the state.
In a statement signed by its state Publicity Secretary, Cajetan Duke, the party expressed profound joy over what it termed a landmark judgement of the apex court.
The apex court had delivered a majority judgment setting aside a ruling by an Abuja High Court, which recognized Dan Nwafor as the chairman of the party in the state, a verdict which the national leadership of the party challenged up to the Supreme Court.
Recall that Dan Nwafor through one Evans Enwerem, had challenged the dissolution of Imo APC executive committee from the ward to the state in the run-up to the 2019 general election on account of gross abuse of office and anti-party activities.
However, in the Supreme Court judgment read by Justice Adamu Jauro on behalf of four other justices, it was held that the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court, lacked jurisdiction to have heard the suit ab initio.
The party noted that beyond the participation of Imo delegates at the national convention led by Hon Ebere as the only recognized state chairman, the judgement has finally sealed and laid to rest the question of the authentic chairman of the APC in the state.
While celebrating the judgement, the Imo APC equally commended party members for their comportment and discipline in the face of unwarranted provocation by persons on a hatchet job to undermine the credibility and popularity of the party.
Duke declared that finally, light has taken its glory over darkness.
Dan Nwafor was the chairman of the APC during the administration of Owelle Rochas Okorocha. Shortly after Senator Hope Uzodimma was declared winner of the March 19, 2019 governorship poll in the state on December 14, 2020, the national leadership of the party dissolved the Nwafor-led executive and installed a caretaker committee.
The caretaker committee was headed by Prince Marcellinus Nlemigbo until the Macdonald Ebere-led executive was elected on October 16, 2021.