PDP Rejects Okon Abang Order, To Proceed With August 17 National Convention

PDP Rejects Okon Abang Order, To Proceed With August 17 National Convention

By Abdul Jummai | Politics Reporter on August 16, 2016
Barrister Mark Jacob (in blue), a PDP chieftain from Kaduna at the national convention of the party in Port Harcourt on Saturday, May 21, 2016

The Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, says its convention in Port Harcourt will go on as planned despite “reckless” a court order by Justice Okon Abang stopping it.

In a statement on Monday, August 15, 2016, Dayo Adeyeye, spokesman of the national caretaker committee of the PDP , said the national convention would take place because a federal high court in Port Harcourt had given a superior order for it to proceed.

Earlier on Monday, Justice Okon Abang, of the federal high court in Abuja, had ruled that the convention be suspended pending the determination of an application by the ousted national chairman of the party, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff.

But a few hours later, spokesman of the Makarfi faction said that the convention, which is scheduled for Wednesday, would hold.

“Our attention has been drawn once again to another act of judicial recklessness by the honourable judge of the federal high court, Justice Okon Abang of the purported suspension of the PDP national convention holding in Port Harcourt, Rivers on Wednesday the 17 of August 2016,” the statement said.

“We wish to, however state, that a federal high court in Port Harcourt Rivers state has earlier in the day given a comprehensive order wherein the honourable judge specifically ordered the PDP to proceed with the convention as scheduled without hindrance.

“Indeed, his lordship while given the order mandated all relevant agencies including the Police, DSS and INEC to cooperate with the party in organising a hitch-free national convention.

“You may also wish to note that the federal high court in Port Harcourt, Rivers state gave an interlocutory order while Justice Okon Abang, Abuja, gave an interim order. The order of Port Harcourt is clearly superior and earlier in time to the interim order given by Justice Okon Abang.

“In the light of the above, The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as a law-abiding party is obeying the order of the Port Harcourt, federal high court until set aside by any competent court of jurisdiction.

“In view of the above, the 2016 repeat national convention of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will continue as scheduled as we welcome all delegates, party leaders, other critical stakeholders, INEC monitoring team and other friends of PDP to Port Harcourt, Rivers state while wishing all our members and supporters a successful national convention.”


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