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Court Suspends Makarfi’s PDP National Convention


ABUJA, NIGERIA (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja Monday suspended the forthcoming Ahmed Makarfi-led faction of the opposition PDP National Convention billed for Thursday in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.

Justice Okon Abang subsequently ruled that hearing on application for interlocutory injunction filed by the Ali Modo-Sheriff faction of the party will hold Tuesday, August 16, 2016.

The ruling came after Justice Abang joined former Senator Makarfi with six members of his National caretaker committee as co-defendants to the substantive suit filed by Sheriff’s faction in July. The jurist also overruled Makarfi’s faction opposition to Sheriff’s motion, thus ordered his rival and other applicants to be joined as the third to the ninth defendants.

Justice Abang in his ruling on Sheriff’s motion tong lashed one of the co-defendants Mr. Ben Obi over approaching a Federal High Court in Port Harcourt Division to obtain an ex-parte order directing security agencies and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to monitor PDP National convention Thursday.

The judge further berated Obi for secretly obtaining another court order in Port Harcourt to allow the convention, whereas, the ruling of the court on the application filed by him and others seeking to be joined as defendants on the same suit as parties was still pending.


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