In apparent fear of the wrath of Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court Abuja, the Nigeria Police has sealed off the venue for today’s national convention of the PDP.
Justice Abang had on Tuesday while reaffirming an interim order preventing PDP from going ahead with its planned national convention slated for Wednesday August 17, ordered the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr Ibrahim Idris, to ensure compliance of his order stopping the Party’s national convention slated for Wednesday in Port Harcourt.
He also threatened the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), of disciplinary action should it monitor the national convention.
The police moved to the Sharks Stadium venue of the convention in Port Harcourt early this morning, cordoning it off to party faithfuls who had started gathering for the event.
The police say they are enforcing the order of Justice Abang to stop the event from holding.
The PDP has been engulfed in crisis with two factions led by Senator Ahmed Makarfi and Senator Ali Modu Sheriff claiming the leadership of the party.
Both parties have obtained court orders favouring their sides, leaving faithfuls confused as to who is the real chairman of the party.
But speaking on the issue, Donald Uwunah, Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) stated that the police is not necessarily enforcing any particular court order, but majorly being proactive to secure lives and properties.
According to him, the police has not sealed the venue, but only providing security to forestall any breakdown of law and order.
But when asked about another court order granting the PDP a go ahead to hold the convention, Uwunah stated that it was not the duty of the police to interpret court orders
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