Court Halts May 21 PDP Convention in Rivers

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has sunk deeper into the mould. Rather than the crisis rocking the party to abate, it escalated, Tuesday, as a Federal High court sitting in Lagos has given an order stopping Saturday’s planned national convention of the party in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

The court has also restrained the Independent National Electoral Commission from monitoring the conduct of any election into the offices.

The order to restrain the party from conducting the elections followed a case brought before the court by the National Chairman of the party, Senator Modu Sheriff; the National Secretary, Prof. Wale Oladipo; and the National Auditor, Alhaji Fatai Adeyanju, who were listed as 1st, 2nd and 3rd plaintiffs in the case.

In the case with suit number FHC/L/CS/61 3/2016, dated 6th of May, 2016, both the INEC and the PDP were listed as the 1st and 2nd defendants.

The plaintiffs prayed for an order of interlocutory injunction restraining the 2nd defendant from conducting any election into the offices of the National Chairman, National Secretary and National Auditor occupied  by the 1st, 2nd and 3rd plaintiffs respectively, pending the hearing and determination of the substantive suit.

An order of interlocutory injunction restraining the 1st defendant/respondent from monitoring and or recognising the conduct of any election by the 2nd defendant/respondent into the offices of the National Chairman, National Secretary and National Auditor occupied by the 1st, 2nd and 3rd plaintiffs respectively, pending the hearing and determination of the substantive suit.

Justice Ibrahim Buba gave the order Monday.

The three national officers reportedly claimed in the suit that their tenures of office was yet to lapse.

In its ruling Tuesday, the court gave the following order: “An order of interlocutory injunction as requested by the plaintiffs/applicants restraining the 2nd defendant/respondent from conducting any election into the offices of the National Chairman, National Secretary and National Auditor occupied by the 1st, 2nd and 3rd plaintiffs respectively, pending the hearing and determination of the substantive suit.

“An order of interlocutory injunction to the plaintiffs/applicants restraining the 1st defendant/respondent from monitoring and or recognising the conduct of any the 2nd defendant/respondent into the offices of the National Chairman, National Secretary and National Auditor occupied by the 1st, 2nd and 3rd plaintiffs respectively, pending the hearing and determination of the substantive suit,”.

But the National Chairman of the party, Sheriff, denied being a party to the suit.

His spokesperson, Inuwa Bwala, said Sheriff was “not aware of any court case and he did not authorize anyone to go to court on his behalf”.

Bwala maintained that Saturday’s convention would go ahead because the party itself was not aware of any court order.

“I can assure you the congress is on,” he said.

 

Author: News Editor

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