Aftermath of PDP Congress: Ojugboh drags Okonta to Court, Sues Okonta for 5 Billion Naira

The crisis that recetly rocked the Ika South Peoples Democratic Party
(PDP) Ward congress which resulted in the attack of an ex-speaker of the
Delta State House of Assembly, Mr. Martins Okonta seem to have taken a
different twist as the former Presidential Adviser on National Assembly
Matters, Dr. Cairo Ojugboh who Mr. Okonta accused of allegedly
attacking him has filed a suit against the ex-speaker in an Abuja
Federal High Court.In the suit number FCT/HC/CV2627 brought
before the court by counsel to Ojugboh, Mr. Kayode Ajulo, his client is
sueing Mr. Okonta to the tune of N5 billion for defamation and
sponsorship of libelous publications.Others joined in the suit are This Day Newspaper and its editors as plaintiffs. As at the time of filing in this report, no date has been fixed for the hearing of the matter.Meanwhile,
the Ika South LGA PDP Chairman, Mr. Isaac Ulebor in a petition
addressed to the state chairman of the party titled  "Need for
Disciplinary Action against Hon. Martin Okonta (A call for Suspension)"
the party has called for the immediate suspension of Okonta from the
party.The petition reads; "The Exco and leadership of the PDP
Ward 12, Ika South LGA have discussed and resolved that the actions of
Hon. Martins Okonta, which were very widely publicized in the electronic
and print media and cause disaffection among members of the party
constitute a disciplinary offence under the PDP constitution and
contrary to Article 21. 1(b) and (h) of the PDP constitution."It
will be recalled that violence rocked the ward congress in Ika South
LGA which left the ex-speaker in a state of coma, an attack he alleged
was orchestered by Ojuigboh.  An allegation Ojuigboh who has
been invited by the Delta State Police Command for interrogation
denounced, averring that Okonta sponsored a malicious publication in the
This Day newspaper of Monday, March 5, on page 11 to thwart his
personality.

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