Court Orders Suspension of PDP Convention, Says the Party is Reckless
An Abuja High Court today stopped the planned special convention of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) already slated for August 20 to “allow sanity to reign” in the party which claims to be the biggest in Africa.
The restraining order issued by Justice Suleiman Belgore followed an interlocutory application by some aggrieved PDP members. The judge ordered the party to stop the conduct of any convention “whether special or ordinary.”
While granting the plaintiffs application, Justice Belgore however refused their prayer for an interlocutory injunction nullifying the appointment of acting members of the party’s NWC and restraining it’s National Chairman, Bamanga Tukur from performing any of the NWC’s functions pending the determination of the case.
In his ruling, the trial Judge condemned the decision of the PDP to take certain steps capable of foisting a state of helplessness on the court, adding that, having submitted itself to the jurisdiction of the court, the party was bound to await the decision of the court on the case. According to him, “it is recklessness of some high degree for the PDP to have taken steps that could affect the case before the court. One will expect the PDP to allow sanity to reign and tarry a while to await the outcome of the this case.”
Earlier, Justice Belgore refused a preliminary objection by the PDP seeking the dismissal of the case on the ground that events have overtaken it, while it granted Tukur’s prayer to be joined as a party to the suit.
The judge adjourned the case to July 29 for the determination of the remaining issues in the substantive suit or hearing of an amended originating summons filed by the plaintiffs.Plaintiffs in the suit include: Abba Yale, Yahaya Sule and Bashir Maigudu who are challenging the process of election of the former members of the party’s NWC. They are seeking an order nullifying the election of the former NWC members in view of a report by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC),which faulted their election on the ground that the process was in breach of the party’s constitution.
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