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Update: PDP extends Makarfi’s tenure after aborted convention

PDP has extended the tenure of the interim chairman of the party, Ahmed Makarfi by three months; agreed to expand the life span of the caretaker committee

The Peoples Democratic Party [PDP] has extended the tenure of the interim chairman of the party, Alhaji Ahmed Makarfi by twelve months.

PDP also agreed to expand the life span of the caretaker committee for the period while it continues negotiation with Ali Modu Sheriff.

The development followed the disruption of the party’s National Convention scheduled to hold on Wednesday, August 17, 2016. 

See also: Breaking: Heavily armed police seal off PDP convention venue

The convention was aborted when operatives of the Nigerian Police sealed up the premises of the event.

The Police Public Relations Officer of the Rivers State police command spoke on the reasons behind their actions.

He appeared on television stating that an Abuja Court had issued a directive ordering them to seal the venue.

It could be remembered that a Federal High Court had on Monday suspended the scheduled national convention.

However, Another Federal high Court  in Port Harcourt had  early hour on Monday validated the same convention.

It even directed 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 approached him.

He informed him that Mr. Obi had approached the Port Harcourt division of the Federal High Court to obtain an interim injunction.

However, Justice Ibrahim Watila ordered INEC to ensure that the convention holds and that it monitored it.

Justice Watila said this while 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 Watila declared that the July 4, 2016 judgment of the Federal High Court in Port Harcourt recognised the May 21, 2016 National Convention.

That earlier Convention had produced the National Caretaker Committee.

The case, meanwhile, has not been appealed against or set aside, hence it behooves the court to protect that judgment, said Watila.

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