COURT STOPS PDP CONVENTION… PREVENTS INEC, POLICE FROM OFFICIATING

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The federal high court in Abuja has stopped the convention of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from holding in Port Harcourt on Wednesday, as planned by the Ahmed Makarfi faction.

This judgement was sequel to an application by counsel to the Ali Modu Sheriff faction seeking to stop the convention.

After hearing submissions from both parties on Tuesday, Okon Abang, the judge said: “An order of interlocutory injunction is hereby made restraining the defendants, any of them, their servant agents from conducting the national convention of PDP and supervising and monitoring same under any guise or electing any national officer of the defendant pending the determination of the substantive suit.

“An order of Interlocutory injunction is hereby made restraining PDP from presenting anybody and sponsoring any person for election and holding any national convention or conference in the purpose of electing any national officers of the second defendants.

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“An order of Interlocutory injunction is hereby made restraining INEC from monitoring the national convention of PDP scheduled for Port Harcourt on 17th August.”

However, he said the judgments of the Port Harcourt division granting the Makarfi faction a go-ahead still subsists.

He added that they are processes of setting the judgement aside.

Earlier, Ferdinand Orbih, counsel to the Makarfi faction, told the court that they had filed an application challenging the jurisdiction of the court to hear the matter and a stay of execution of that order of the ruling by Abang on July 28.

He argued that he had not gotten the originating summons of the suit and could not respond to the application of interlocutory injunction stopping the convention filed by the Sheriff group.

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Orbih asked the court for an adjournment to enable him respond properly but was denied.

Adeniyi Akintola, counsel to Ali Modu Sheriff, said the defendants flouted various orders of the court.

He said Dayo Adeyeye of the Makarfi group had described the order suspending the convention by the court as a “reckless” decision.

Countering Orbih’s claim, Akintola said the issue of originating does not arise, saying: “They chose they chose not respond to it.”

He urged the court to disregard Orbih’s submission.