The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), August 17 convention must hold despite the recent court ruling, Senator Ahmed Makarfi has said.
The Makarfi group said this on Thursday, after a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja presided over by Justice Okon Abang, nullified the Ahmed-led Caretaker Committee and every action the committee took since it emerged through a convention of the party purportedly held in Port Harcourt on May 21.
In a statement by its spokesman, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, Ahmed described Justice Abang’s ruling as “objectionable, questionable and very strange to say the least in the history of Nigeria Judiciary”.
He said they resolved to move on with the convention: “We have just received information that Justice Okon 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.
“Let Nigerians recall the two former Judgments before the Port Harcourt Judgment, declared that Senator Ali Modu heriff 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.”
Ahmed advised members and supporters of PDP “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, 2016national convention remains the same.”
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