A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has stopped the election of a new National Chairman by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
The court also stopped the party from conducting elections into the office of National Secretary and National Auditor, while also restraining the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, from monitoring the conduct of any election into the offices.
This effectively secures Sheriff’s tenure as the national party of the party, even as the party’s Bot has ealier given him a two year breather to remain in the position till 2018.
PDP has scheduled its national convention to hold in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital on Saturday, May 21.
The court gave the order following a case brought before the court by the National Chairman of the party, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, the National Secretary, Prof. Wale Oladipo; and the National Auditor, Alhaji Fatai Adeyanju, who were listed as 1st, 2nd and 3rd plaintiffs in the case while INEC and the PDP were listed as the 1st and 2nd defendants.
The plaintiffs had prayed the court for an order of interlocutory injunction restraining the 2nd defendant from conducting any election into the offices of the National Chairman, National Secretary and National Auditor pending the hearing and determination of the substantive suit.
They also prayed for an order of interlocutory injunction restraining the 1st defendant/respondent from monitoring and or recognising the conduct of any election by the 2nd defendant/respondent into the offices of the National Chairman, National Secretary and National Auditor pending the hearing and determination of the substantive suit.
The substantive case was fixed for May 24, 2016 for hearing.
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