The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), will not monitor the Saturday’s national convention of Peoples Democratic Party, which was scheduled to hold in Port Harcourt, May 21.
This flowed from the court case instituted by some members of the party.
INEC said that any election into the positions of national chairman, secretary and auditor would be invalid based on the order of the court, halting the Congress until the determination of the case before it.
Justice Ibrahim Buba of a Federal High Court in Lagos, Monday, had given an order in suit FHC/L/CS/61 3/2016 filed by the National Chairman of PDP, Alha Sherrif, the National Secretary, Adewale Oladipo and National Auditor, Fatai Adeyanju, asking the court not to conduct elections into three key offices.
The three national officers reportedly claimed in the suit that their tenures of office were yet to lapse.
The court restrained INEC from monitoring and or recognizing the conduct of any election into the affected offices pending the hearing and determination of a substantive suit on it.
A letter to this effect was written to the PDP Chairman, Ali Modu Sherrif, Thursday.
The letter said ‘elections into all the offices will be monitored except those three named offices of the national chairman, national secretary and national auditor.
“As law abiding organisation, we will abide by the court order”, said the letter.