The People’s Democratic Party, PDP, was supposed to hold its National Convention on Saturday. But that meeting is already fraught with confusion as a Federal High court sitting in Lagos has given an order to stop the congress.
The suit was filed by the National Chairman of the party, Ali Modu Sheriff, the National Secretary, Adewale Oladipo and National Auditor, and Fatai Adeyanju.
In the suit, the trio prayed the court to restrict INEC from monitoring PDP’s National Convention. They also asserted that their tenures are yet to expire.
Following the ruling, Justice Ibrahim Buba, issued an order restraining the 2nd defendant/respondent from conducting any election into the offices of the National Chairman, National Secretary and National Auditor.
Ali Modu Sheriff has denied knowledge of the suit stating that he is “Not aware of any court case and he did not authorize anyone to go to court on his behalf. I can assure you the congress is on,” PM reports.
Recall that in February this year, the People’s Democratic Party announced that former Governor of Borno State, Ali Modu Sheriff, had emerged as its new chairman.
According to Olisa Metuh, “All organs of the party, including, the national caucus, PDP Governors’ Forum and the National Assembly caucuses agreed on the selection of Sheriff.
Metuh had noted that the decision would be communicated to the Board of Trustees and subsequently, the National Executive Committee, NEC, for ratification before a formal announcement would be made.
The former Senator from Borno State, prior to being named the new Chairman of Nigeria’s largest opposition party, has been a controversial figure amid allegation that he funded and sponsored the Boko Haram insurgent group, an allegation he has since refuted.
He’s emergence as the Party’s chairman has divided the PDP. Many forces within the PDP wants Sheriff to be replaced in the forth coming National Convention.