An Anambra state High Court has dismissed the petition brought by Mac Joe Onwudinjo challenging the authenticity and outcome of the April 8 national convention of All Progressives Grand Alliance APGA) in Awka, praying the court to stop the winner of the convention Maxi Okwu from parading himself as the national chairman of the party.
Delivering the judgment on Monday, Justice Hope Oguguo Ozo, dismissed the petition on grounds that it lacks merit and substance.
Justice Oguguo Ozo upheld the election of Mr Okwu, as the winner of the election and as the national chairman of the party on grounds that the petition lacked merit and substance.
Neither the plaintiff nor his representative was in court.
Reacting to the judgment, counsel to the defendant said the plaintiff’s prayer to the court to nullify the convention on grounds that he was deceived by the National Planning Committee of the party by shifting the earlier scheduled venue of the convention from Enugu to Awka was baseless.
In his reaction, counsel to APGA and Victor Umeh, who is another leader of the party as ruled by the Appeal Court, said they were not allowed to be heard and that the judgment was a product of collusion between the defendant and the plaintiff and cannot stand in the face of the Appeal court ruling of February 8.