A suit filed by the Alhaji Kawu Baraje-led faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) against the party's National Chairman, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, was on Tuesday in Lagos transferred to another judge.
The Chief Judge of Lagos State, Justice Ayotunde Phillips, re-assigned the case to Justice Oludotun Adefowope-Okojie for trial.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the suit was initially handled by a vacation judge, Justice Ganiyu Safari.
Counsel to the parties, who had appeared before Safari's court on Tuesday, were notified of the change.
The development stalled the hearing of the preliminary notice of objection filed by Tukur and three co-defendants.
NAN reports that Baraje, Dr Sam Jaja and former Osun Gov. Olagunsoye Oyinlola, had on Sept. 1filed the suit at an Ikeja High Court.
The claimants had asked the court for an interlocutory injunction restraining the defendants from parading themselves as PDP NEC members.
Joined in the suit as defendants are Mr Uche Secondus, Deputy National Chairman; Dr Kema Chikwe, Women Leader; and Mr Olisa Metuh, National Publicity Secretary.
Hearing in the case has been fixed for Sept.18.