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Despite court order, Makarfi says PDP go ahead with convention

By Wahab Akanji, Abuja

The Ahmed Makarfi-led Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has stated that the August 17 convention will hold in spite of Thursday’s ruling by the Federal High court, sitting in Abuja asking it to stay action on the event that is scheduled to hold in Port Harcourt. A statement by the Spokesman for the Interim Caretaker Committee, Prince Dayo Adeyeye described the judgment affirmed that Senator Ali Modu Sheriff remains the chairman of the party.

Reacting to the judgement, Adeyeye described it as “objectionable, questionable and very strange to say the least in the history of Nigeria Judiciary.”

He added, “We have just received information that Justice Oron Abang of the Federal High Court in Abuja has granted an Order of Interlocutory Injunction stopping our scheduled National Convention in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, but we want to state that the Judgment of the 4th of July, 2016 supersedes any Ex-Parte Order or Interlocutory Injunctions. So, our National Convention will hold as scheduled in Port Harcourt, Rivers State” Prince Adeyeye said.

“Let Nigerians recall the two former Judgments before the Port Harcourt Judgment, declared that Senator Sheriff is not qualified to be a National Chairman given that the PDP Constitution 2014 which he claimed brought him to power is not in existence and therefore, null and void.

“However, the Party is law abiding and therefore, will apply for Stay of Execution of this Order and also Appeal it.”

It urged its “members and teaming supporters nationwide to remain calm and law abiding and be rest assured that the PDP National Convention will hold as scheduled and all preparation towards the August 17, 2016 National Convention remains the same.”

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