Chimaroke Nnamani, senator for the Enugu East Senatorial District and former governor of Enugu State, has filed a lawsuit against the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over the disciplinary measures that were taken against him for alleged anti-party activities.
Nnamani, it was gathered filed a suit before the Federal High Court in Abuja on February 7, 2023, few days before his expulsion from the party.
The former governor had declared his support for the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, which led to his initial suspension from the PDP.
He said his support for the APC candidate was because he could not support a northerner to become president after the eight-year tenure of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Nnamani and a few other important party figures were expelled by the PDP for anti-party conduct on February 10, 2023.
According to the suit filed by the senator, those listed as defendants are the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC); PDP National Chairman, Sen Iyorchia Ayu; Samuel Anyanwu on behalf of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the PDP.
In the suit, Nnamani asked the court to determine whether it was proper for the party to take disciplinary actions against him without giving him fair hearing.
Despite his expulsion from PDP, the senator has not relented in his support for Tinubu.
In a statement on Tuesday, Nnamani hailed Tinubu for improving the health sector significantly in Lagos State, when he was governor between 1999 and 2007.
“It is to Tinubu’s credit that HIV/AIDS prevalence in Lagos State decreased from 6.7 per cent to 3.5per cent between 1999 and 2007 while more than 2,000 women received prevention of mother to child transmission in 10 PMTCT centres set up to prevent the disease,” he said.
Nnamani noted that Tinubu’s performance in Lagos made him the best candidate to lead Nigeria at a time like this.