Breaking: Court Stops PDP Convention
The Ahmed Makarfi-led faction of the PDP had scheduled August 17 for its convention to determine principal officers of the party, but Justice Okon Abang has ruled that the motion filed by Modu-Sheriff seeking an interlocutory injunction against the convention must be heard and determined.
Justice Abang, having joined Makarfi and six other members of his caretaker committee as parties to the substantive suit which was filed last month by the Sheriff, fixed Tuesday (tomorrow) for the hearing, Punch writes.
Apart from Makarfi who was joined as the third defendant, others comprising Ben Obi, Odion Ugbesia, Abdul Ningi, Kabiru Usman, Dayo Adeyeye, Aisha Aliyu, were joined as the fourth to the ninth defendants.
In his ruling, Justice Abang lambasted Ben Obi for allegedly rushing to the Port Harcourt Division of the Federal High Court to obtain an ex parte order directing security agencies and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to monitor the scheduled convention.
He described Ben Obi’s action as “slap on the court’s face” as the ruling of the court on the application filed by him and others seeking to be joined in the suit as parties was being awaited.
“Senator Ben Obi cannot treat the court with levity.
“What is the reason for rushing to another court when the court is already seized of this matter?
“I want to point out that a court of coordinate jurisdiction cannot make an order that will neutralise the proceedings of this court.
“The Port Harcourt Division of this court cannot make an order to neutralise the proceedings of this court.
He said he was therefore inclined to granting the interim order suspending the convention in exercise of his “disciplinary jurisdiction” in order to maintain the integrity of the court.