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PDP Crisis Rekindled as Makarfi Goes Ahead with Convention Plans Despite Court Ruling

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The crisis in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) may have returned full scale as the Ahmed Makarfi-led faction on Thursday said it was going ahead with arrangements for the August 17 National Convention despite the ruling of the Federal High Court, sitting in Abuja, which stopped the convention.

Justice Okon Abang had on Thursday recognised Senator Ali Modu Sheriff as the National Chairman of the party and ordered that the planned convention be stopped forthwith.

The Markarfi faction has, however, said it would go ahead with the convention.

Spokesman of the faction, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, described Justice Abang’s ruling as “objectionable, questionable and very strange to say the least in the history of Nigeria Judiciary”.

A statement issued by Makarfi said: “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 Sheriff 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.”

Adeyeye asked PDP members to remain calm and law-abiding, adding that the National Convention will hold as scheduled.

“All preparation towards the August 17, 2016 National Convention remains the same,” he said.

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