Sheriff, Oladipo And Metuh Move To Stop PDP Convention

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Justice Okon Abang of the
Federal High Court, Abuja, will on
Thursday hear a motion for
interlocutory injunction seeking
among others, an order stopping the national
convention of the Peoples
Democratic Party (PDP) slated for
August 17.
The judge on Tuesday granted
the applicants, who are mostly members of the Ali Modu-Sheriff
faction of the party, leave to
have the application heard
during the court’s long vacation.
The applicants are – Sheriff, Prof.
Wale Oladapo (National Secretary), Dennis Alonge-Niyi
(Deputy National Youth Leader),
Alhaji Bashir Maidugu (Deputy
National Legal Adviser), Mrs.
Hanatu Ulam (Deputy National
Women Leader), Alhaji Lawa Dutsima Anchi (Deputy National
Auditor), Chief Okey Nnadozie
(Deputy National Organising
Secretary) and Chief Olisa Metuh
(National Publicity Secretary).
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and
the PDP are the respondents.
The applicants said the
interlocutory injunction is
intended to preserve the res
pending the determination of a substantive suit they filed on July
4 in which they argued among
others, that by virtue of the PDP
Constitution, their tenure expires
in 2018.
The nine plaintiffs said they filed the suit marked: FHC/ABJ/
CS/464/2016 for themselves
and on behalf of the Executive
Committee/National Working
Committee of the PDP.
The Sheriff faction filed the interlocutory application on July
20 shortly after the Ahmed
Makarfi-led faction announced
August 17 for the party’s
national convention.
They specifically want the court to stop the party from going
ahead with the planned national
convention pending the
determination of their
substantive suit.