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Court Bars PDP Interim Committee From National Office, Abuja


By Seun Adebosin

LAGOS, NIGERIA (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has declared the factional Caretaker Committee of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) illegal.

Justice Ibrahim Buba ruled that the Committee constituted last Saturday, in the controversial non-elective National Convention of the party in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital and which announced former Senator Ahmed Makarfi as the interim Chairman was not valid.

Consequently, he ordered the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr. Solomon Arase to bar the committee from entering the Abuja National Headquarters of the opposition party.

Former Borno State Governor, Ali Modu Sheriff was until last Saturday was the controversial acting National Chairman of the PDP.

He was cajoled by his fellow party men who gathered at the Sharks Stadium, in Port Harcourt, after he declared that the Convention would no more hold and went ahead to announce former Kaduna State Governor to take over and pilot the affairs of the former ruling party for the next three months.

Also, a parallel Covention of PDP member who described themselves as “reformers” and those who stand against “impunity” and imposition in the party held in Abuja.

The non-elective Convention which was attended by Prof Jerry Gana, Dr. Doyin Okupe among other party Chieftains, announced in the end, former Deputy Senate President, Ibrahim Mantu and Prof. Tunde Adeniran as the National interim leaders of the parallel PDP.

Despite the raging crises, current Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu Monday debunked reports of factions within his party, claiming that what is going was a mere expression of dissenting interest by the party’s stalwarts. He argued that the situation is normal in every political party, be it ruling or opposition.

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