A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has nullified the expulsion of Senator Chimaroke Nnamani, former Governor of Enugu State from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on the grounds of alleged anti-party activities.
Justice James Omotosho in a landmark judgement noted that Nnamani had not been afforded a fair hearing in line with the PDP’s constitution.
The judge while delivering judgement quoted Article 57 of the PDP’s constitution, which says that only the National Executive Council (NEC) is empowered to convene a disciplinary committee and therefore, the decision to expel Nnamani was made by the National Working Committee (NWC).
The judge also clarified that the PDP’s constitution states that the NEC shall hold the authority to take disciplinary action against any erring member holding positions such as governor, deputy governor, or serving member of the National Assembly.
Nnamani, who previously represented Enugu East Senatorial District in the red carpet chamber, lost his bid for re-election in the February 25 poll to Kelvin Chukwu, a candidate of the Labour Party.
The allegations against Nnamani which led to his expulsion from the opposition party included campaigning for Senator Bola Tinubu, the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), instead of supporting the PDP’s presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.