A Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Tuesday, granted an interim injunction restraining immediate past national chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ali Modu Sherrif, from parading himself as such.
Also affected by the order is erstwhile national secretary of the party, Professor Adewale Oladipo.
Both were removed from office at the PDP National Convention held on Saturday May 21, from parading themselves as national officers of the party pending the hearing, and determination, of a motion on notice brought before it by the party.
The court also granted a restraining order on members of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the PDP, who were removed from office by the national convention in Port Harcourt, from receiving nominations, and, or submitting names to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), as officers or candidates of the PDP in whatever capacity pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice brought by the party.
In addition, INEC was restrained by the court from according or continuing to accord any recognition to Sherrif and Oladipo or any or all members of the national working committee of the PDP removed from office at the party’s national convention in Port Harcourt, as officers or organs of the PDP pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice.
The national caretaker committee of the PDP, headed by Senator Ahmed Makarfi, also got a boost with an order of the court mandating INEC to recognize it in all matters pertaining the conduct of primary elections for political offices and the submission of the PDP list of candidates for any elections to be conducted by INEC pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice.