This Umbrella is Torn into Two, Leaking

Despite concerted effort to close its cracked rank, the party that once boosted to be ‘the largest party in Africa’ has finally divided into two.

Though, it claimed Tuesday that it has resolved its differences ahead Saturday’s convention in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, the party formally split into two as the Professor Jerry Gana led PDP Concerned Stakeholders have inaugurated a parallel committee to prepare for another convention which it has also slated for  May 21, 2016 in Abuja.

Earlier in the day, a Federal High court sitting in Lagos had thrown spanner into the wheel of party convention in Port Harcourt on May 21 with an order stopping the planned national convention

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

These 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.

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 Sheriff denied being a party to the suit.

His sSpokesperson 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.

However, the inauguration of the parallel committee happened on a day that the embattled Chairman during a meeting of the National Working Committee of the party announced that the party was going into its convention in Port Harcourt as ‘one family’ as most outstanding problems in party had been resolved.

But the Chairman of PDP Governors Forum and Governor of Ondo state, Dr Olusegun Mimiko, who apparently saw the matter differently warned that ‘a new party would emerge from the ashes’ of PDP and the All Progressive Congress if the two parties fail to resolve their internal problems.

The Professor Jerry Gana led PDP Concerned Stakeholders also appointed state coordinators to mobilize members of the party to attend its convention schedule for the same day in Abuja.

The names of the coordinators were not immediately made known but it is believed that they would be picked from the 53 member committee it had earlier announced. Some of the prominent members in attendance at the Professor Jerry Gana group meeting which was not open to the media include among others Senator Ibrahim Mantu, Tanimu Turaki, Esther Audu, Doyin Okupe, Achike Udenwa and Abubakar Sulaiman.

Time will definitely tell if the party that wanted to rule for 60 years is going into intinction and whether prediction of Mimiko will come to pass.

 

Author: News Editor

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