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PDP crisis: Courts give conflicting judgements over convention

Courts give conflicting judgements over PDP convention amidst crisis

*Conflicting Judgement over PDP Convention as FHC sings discordant tune

A Federal High Court on Monday suspended the scheduled national convention of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, earlier slated for August 17.

However, Another Federal high Court  in Port Harcourt had  early hour on Monday validated the August 17th , 2016 National Convention of the Peoples Democratic Party , PDP, scheduled to hold in Port Harcourt, directing the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to monitor party’s national convention.

But, Justice Okon Abang in Abuja Federal High Court said he gave the ruling to serve as a “judicial deterrent” for what he described as the “excesses of parties”.

Mr. Abang was expected to rule on an application filed by a faction of the party led by a former Kaduna State governor, Ahmed Makarfi, and a former senator, Ben Obi.

He had adjourned Monday’s hearing after granting the application by the faction.

The judge however took another decision after a lawyer representing another faction of the party led by Ali-Modu Sheriff, informed him that Mr. Obi had approached the Port Harcourt division of the Federal High Court to obtain an interim injunction.

Delivering a ruling in a motion on notice filed by Secretary of the PDP National Convention Planning Committee, Senator Ben Obi for himself and other members of the National convention Planning Committee against the Inspector-General of Police the Commissioner of Police, Rivers State, the Department of State Services and the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, in suit number FHC/ PH/CS/585/2016, Justice Ibrahim Watila ordered INEC to ensure that it monitors the national convention.

Justice Watila declared that the July 4 ,,2016 judgment of the Federal High Court in Port Harcourt recognised the May 21, 2016 National Convention which produced the National Caretaker Committee has not been appealed against or set aside, hence it behoves the court to protect that judgment.

 

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