On 24th October 2017, Justice Sengu Koroma of the High Court of Freetown failed to grant an interim injunction filed in by Lawyer Sulaiman Banjan Tejan Sie on behalf of Jesmed Foday Suma, a member of the National Executive Committee of the National Progressive Democrat (NPD).
However on Thursday 26th October 2017, Justice Sengu Koroma did grant the request of the plaintiff after going through the file. The Judge declared that the current executive that is running the activities of the party be nullified, ordering that the party should return to the status quo.
He warned that the plaintiff should make an undertaking that should they lose the substantive matter in court, they would pay compensation to the defendants.
The plaintiff Jesmed Suma had asked for the injunction against the first defendant Vidal Williams who happens to be the Interim Chairman, the Interim Secretary General Susan Williams and the National Progressive Democratic (NPD) Party due to irregularities on the activities of the party.
According to Lawyer Tejan Sie, as a result of the recent activities of the NPD party, which were surrounded by irregularities and further contravenes the Political Party Registration Act, they thought it fit to file an injunction in order to stop the operation of the party for the time being, so that the right thing can be done.
Lawyer Tejan Sie, said the application was made Pursuant to Order 35 Rule 1 of the High Court Rule of 2007. He went on to say that the defendants have elected a new executive despite such irregularities.
Mohamed J. Bah
October Friday 27, 2017.