Federal High Court Orders INEC To Recognise Markarfi As PDP Caretaker Committee Chairman

Federal High Court Orders INEC To Recognise Markarfi As PDP Caretaker Committee Chairman

stops Sheriff  from parading himself  as Acting Chairman of PDP 

Paul Obiajunwo Port Harcourt

A Port Harcourt Federal High Court    has directed the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to recognise the  National Caretaker Committee appointed  by the 2016 National Convention of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP,  in Port Harcourt  on May 21, 2016.

In an injunction  delivered  by  Justice A.M. Liman in Suit  NO: FHC/PH/CS/524/2016, the  court ruled : “Leave is hereby granted  to  the applicant herein to issue as ‘concurrent ‘ the  originating summons and other processes in this suit are for service  on the  defendants /respondents herein outside the jurisdiction of this court at Abuja.

The Federal High Court, Port Harcourt  also restrained Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, Professor Adewole Oladipo and other sacked members  of  the  National Working Committee and National Executive Committee from  parading themselves  as officials  of the PDP. 

The  suit filed by the PDP has as defendants Former Acting National Chairman, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff,  Professor Adewole Oladipo (sued as themselves  and as  representing National Officers ), INEC and State Security Service.

The  court further ruled: “Senator Ali Modu Sheriff and Professor Adewole Oladipo,  the  members of the National Executive Committee and Members of the National Working Committee and Members of the National Working Committee of the PDP who were removed from  office by the National Convention of the PDP held on Saturday, the 21st Day of May 2016 in Port Harcourt,  Rivers State be and are hereby  restrained from parading/ holding out or continuing to  hold themselves out either individually or collectively as the  Chairman,  Secretary or National Officer or member of the  National Executive Committee or National Working Committee of the PDP.

“Nor do anything  howsoever to negate or frustrate the decisions reached at the said convention,  pending the hearing and determination of the Motion on Notice”.

The court restrained INEC  from accepting and considering  nominations,  names or documents submitted, signed or endorsed by Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, Professor Adewole Oladipo and any other  sacked member  of  the  sacked National Working Committee.

Justice Liman ordered Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, Professor Adewole Oladipo and their sacked colleagues  not to sign or endorse  documents in such capacities as they were prior  to  their removal,  pending  the  hearing or determination of the suit