Undialu asks court to restrain Potape


KOROBA Lake-Kopiago MP Philip Undialu filed an amended notice of motion yesterday at the national court seeking orders to restrain Komo-Margarima MP Francis Potape from performing the duties and functions as governor of Hela.
Undialu’s lawyer Justice Wohuinangu mentioned the motion yesterday before Justice Colin Makail in Waigani.
The court adjourned the motion to Friday for hearing and told Wohuinangu to serve court documents to the defendants.
The defendants were Potape, deputy governor Thomas Potape and deputy clerk of provincial assembly Filbert Tuya.
Undialu filed an originating summons on Sept 15 after nine members of the provincial assembly met in Tari last Tuesday and elected MP Potape as governor.
Pending the outcome of the originating summons, Undialu filed the motion seeking, among other things, an interim order to effectively restrain MP Potape from performing the duties and functions of Hela governor.
The election of Potape on Sept 13 was conducted following a national court decision on Sept 6.
The court, presided by Justice Makail, ordered that the declaration of Undialu as Hela governor was null and void, and of no effect.
The court ruled that the assembly meeting conducted by Undialu’s faction on the morning of July 5, which elected Undialu as governor, was illegal.

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