On Wednesday, the 26th of April, Justice Simeon Alieu extended the interim injunction that he previously granted against the National Officers Elections Committee (TINEOC) and servants or agents of the Coalition for Change (C4C) party.
The injunction restrains C4C officials from conducting any party activity or elections for the appointment of executive members, as well as from conducting any national conference.
Yesterday, Lawyer S.P Sesay, on behalf of the substantive Counsel, HM Gevao, applied for an extension of the restraining order, which expired on Thursday.
However, the Respondent Counsel, J.J Campbell, opposed the extension, stating that it would affect thousands, if not millions, of people.
The injunction is contained in a five-point order dated 14th April 2023 and is pending a hearing and determination of the application on 26th April 2023.
The originating motion, filed by Gevao and Partners on behalf of Sylvanus Saidu and Mohamed Yero Bah, is seeking the annulment of all decisions and conduct of the Transitional Interim National Officers Elections Committee (TINEOC) and agents of the Coalition for Change (C4C) party for their failure to comply with provisions of the party’s 2017 constitution.
The claimants are also seeking for the court to declare null and void and illegitimate all executive members elected from all elections conducted or selected or appointed by the TINEOC of the C4C.
In their ten-point notice of motion dated 13th April 2023, the Plaintiffs requested that the court grant an interlocutory injunction against the defendants from appointing or conducting any party executive officers’ elections or conducting any party activity until the final resolution of the issue raised.
They also requested that the Political Parties Regulatory Commission (PPRC) be compelled to supervise all the affairs of the Coalition for Change party.
In a 23-point affidavit in support of the motion, one of the Petitioners, Sylvanus Tamba Saidu, who said he was the C4C’s Chairman for Kailahun district and Constituency 010 Parliamentary Nominee for the 2018 elections, alleged that as a result of the activities, conducts, and decisions of the party’s Transitional Interim National Officers Elections Committee (TINEOC), other potential members have been deprived of the benefit of contesting and actively participating in the affairs of the party.
The matter has been adjourned to 4th May 2023.