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Imo Ndieze Chair: Ohiri Bows to Court, Accepts Ilomuanya

Posted: Jul 14, 2015 at 4:05 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Anolu Vincent  –  Owerri

The battle for the Chairmanship of Imo State Council of Ndieze may have finally been resolved following the tacit endorsement of HRH Eze (Dr) Cletus Ilomuanya as Chairman of the Council by the embattled Eze Samuel Ohiri.

Ohiri had last week, in compliance with an Order of a High Court in Owerri, paid Eze Ilomuanya N20, 000.00 (Twenty Thousand Naira) cost plus the N1, 500.00 (One Thousand and Five Hundred Naira) he was fined as court fees for the Writ of Execution, for instituting ‘a frivolous suit’ challenging Eze Ilomuanya’s Chairmanship of the Council which the Court of Appeal, Owerri had earlier resolved in favour of Eze Ilomuanya on July 5, 2013.

Eze Ohiri not wishing to have any further troubles with the law, was said to have rushed to the High Court Registry on receipt of Judgment Form 41 and paid the Court ordered fees. It would be recalled that Ohiri had sometime in 2014 instituted Suit No: HOW/525/2013 seeking the determination of the Court on whom between him and Eze Ilomuanya, is the lawful Chairman of Imo State Council of Ndi-Eze.

Delivering judgment in the Suit on May 26, 2014, the Court presided over by Hon. Justice Ngozi Ukoha upbraided Ohiri for instituting the suit which she described as “frivolous, detestable and abuse of court process” and therefore dismissed it.

The Court averred that the Court of Appeal, Owerri Division, had earlier on July 5, 2013 resolved the same issue in favour of Eze Ilomuanya, explaining that being a judgment in Rem, the Court of Appeal’s judgment is binding on Ohiri and ordered him to pay Eze Ilomuanya N20,000.00 for dragging him into a frivolous suit.

The Court had through Judgment Form 41 dated June 24, 2015, also warned Ohiri of the consequences of not complying with the Order of Court, saying it would warrant the seizure of his properties. The demand notice stated that “take notice that a Writ has been issued for the attachment and sale of your goods and chattels in execution of the judgment / order obtained against you in this action / matter and the amount for which it has been issued is stated below”.

Eze Ilomuanya had through his Counsel, Ogbonna Ajuzie of Obiora Obinawu, SAN, Chambers in Aba, Abia State, filed a Writ of Execution, demanding the enforcement of the Court Order made on May 26, 2014 which Ohiri had refused to obey. To avert this looming doom, Eze Ohiri hurriedly went and paid the judgment debt. Analysts are of the view that with this development, Eze Ohiri has recognized Eze Ilomuanya as the Chairman of Imo State Council of Ndi-Eze contrary to his earlier claim to the Chairmanship of the Council.