The crisis rocking the Peoples Demcratic Party is far from being resolved.
Confusion is the word as a Federal High Court in Lagos on Tuesday nullified the national caretaker committee constituted by the Party during last Saturday’s convention in Port Harcourt, while another Federal High Court in Port Harcourt has barred Ali Module Sheriff, National Chairman (?) and Prof. Adequate Oladipo, National Secretary from parading themselves as such.
At the convention in Port Harcourt last Saturday, Sheriff and his team were sacked and a caretaker committee was set up.
Former Governor of Kaduna State, Ahmed Makarfi was appointed to head the committee, while a former Senator, Ben Obi, was appointed acting national secretary.
The party said the Acting National Officers would be in office for three months.
In a ruling on Tuesday however, Justice Ibrahim Buba ordered Ali Modu Sheriff, the erstwhile Chairman of the party to continue serving at that capacity.
Meanwhile, another Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Tuesday, granted an interim injunction restraining the immediate past National Chairman of the party Sheriff and Oladipo from parading themselves as National officers of the Party pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice brought before it by the Peoples Democratic Party.
According to a statement personally signed by the presiding Judge, Justice A. M. Liman, the court granted a restraining order on any member of the National Working Committee of the PDP who was removed from office by the Party’s National Convention in Port Harcourt from receiving nominations and or submitting names to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as officers or candidates of the PDP in whatever capacity pending the hearing and determination of the Motion on Notice brought by the Party.
In addition, INEC was restrained by the Court from according or continuing to accord any recognition to Sen. Ali Modu Sheriff, Professor Adewale Oladipo or any or all members of the National Working Committee of the PDP removed from office at the Party’s National Convention in Port Harcourt, as officers or organs of the PDP pending the hearing and determination of the Motion on Notice.
The National Caretaker Committee of the PDP headed by Sen. Ahmed Markarfi, former Governor of Kaduna State, also got a boost with an order of the Court mandating INEC to recognise it in all matters pertaining the conduct of Primary Elections for Political Offices and the submission of the PDP List of Candidates for any elections to be conducted by INEC pending the hearing and determination of the Motion on Notice.