…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