Two federal high courts have issued conflicting court rulings in respect to the current leadership crisis plaguing the People’s Democratic Party, PDP.
Firstly, a Federal High Court in Lagos has just invalidated the outcome of the PDP’s National Convention which took place last Saturday in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. A national caretaker committee was constituted pending when the substantive suits filed against principal officers of the party is resolved.
The convention appointed a former governor Ahmed Makarfi of Kaduna State as its acting chairman. Senator Obi was appointed as the acting National Secretary.
The acting national officers were appointed on the grounds that they would call the shots in the party for three months. The court’s invalidation of the PDP conventions’ appointments automatically makes Amodu Sheriff the party’s Chairman. PDP wouldn’t have that.
In response, the PDP obtained a court injunction from another Federal High Court in Port Harcourt, the Rivers state capital, restraining Amodu Sheriff and Professor Adewale Oladipo from parading themselves as national officers of the PDP.
In addition, the court also granted a restraining mandate on any member of the national working committee of the PDP who was removed from office by the party’s national convention in Port Harcourt last Saturday.
The order bares them from receiving nominations and submitting names to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, as officers or candidates of the PDP in whatever capacity pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice brought by the party.
Recall that few days to PDP’s national convention, 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.