Rivers Re-run: PDP Commences Committal Proceedings against Amaechi, Army Chiefs, Others for Deployment of Soldiers

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Rivers State has asked a High Court sitting in Port Harcourt to commit former Governor Chibuike Amaechi, the Chief of Defence Staff and Chief of Army Staff to prison for deploying soldiers during the March 19 re-run election in defiance of a court order.

Others included in the committal proceedings are the Commander of the 2 Army Brigade, Port Harcourt, Brigadier General Stephenson Olabanji; the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and Rivers State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Mr Aniedi Ikoiwak.

The ruling party in the state and its chairman, Mr. Felix Obuah, sought for the relief in a Motion on Notice filed by their solicitor, Kingsley Chuku, before the state High Court Registry and dated March 22, 2016.

The Motion on Notice was brought pursuant to Order XIV of the Fundamental Rights (Enforcement Procedure), Rules 2009′ under the jurisdiction of the state High Court.
Rivers PDP and its chairman had earlier, in Suit No PHC/601/2016 filed at the state High Court by their counsel, Kingsley Chuku, secured a court injunction restraining Amaechi, the army and the Federal Government from deploying soldiers during the re-run elections.

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