.As preliminary hearing commences
After all said and done, preliminary hearing on the petition filed against the Imo state governor and the state attorney general as 1st and 2nd respondent by the sacked beneficiaries of the Ikedi Ohakim led administration 10,000 Jobs project continued at the national industrial court Enugu last Friday.
Counsel to the 1st and 2nd respondent led by Bar. (Mrs) SC Madufor and Bar. A. O. Anyalewechi had earlier filed a motion praying the court to strike out the petition on the ground that the 10,000 job beneficiaries have no locus standi. The motion also challenges the jurisdictions of the court to entertain the petition.
However, Bar Uche Wisdom Durueke, the counsel to the beneficiaries in his argument, stated that his client’s employment is of statutory importance backed and governed by the Imo state Public Service Rules. He backed his argument with certain sections in the constitution and civil service rules.
The presiding judge, Hon Justice Ibrahim seeking to get a clearer picture of the petition before his honorable court, was visibly perplexed when he learnt that the disengagement did not follow any court service procedure but through a radio broadcast by the governor.
Subsequently, the court was adjourned to 25th of April to enable it rule on the argued motion/preliminary objection.