….as INEC denounces Gana group
Patrick Osadebamwen, Abuja
The aspiration of Sen. Ali Modu Sheriff to retain the chairmanship of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at the scheduled national convention for Saturday, May 21 may have been aborted as the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) insists it will not recognize any election into the office of the chairman of the party.
Following the disagreement amongst party members on the desirability of Senator Ali Modu Sheriff emerging the chairmanship of the party following his adoption as the sole candidate the concerned PDP stakeholders Forum planned a parallel convention to checkmate Sheriff.
The Commission said it will also not superitend over the convention of Concerned PDP stakeholders Forum as well as elections into the office of the National Secretary and National Auditor of the PDP presently being occupied by Professor, Adewale Oladipo and Alhaji Fatai Adewale Adeyanju respectively.
Both men have in a joint petition with the chairman of the Party, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff
Director, Voter Education and Publicity, Mr. Oluwole Osazee-Uzzi, said the Independent National Electoral Commission is only aware of one convention which is taking place in Port Harcourt but with a caveat that officials of the commission will monitor all elections except into offices of the National chairman, secretary and auditor.
“There’s only one convention known to the law and our regulations for which we were given appropriate notice- the one in Port Harcourt.
“INEC will monitor the elections to all offices EXCEPT National Chairman Secretary and Auditor for which we have been served with a court order. (Unless or until set aside),” Osaze-Uzzi said.
The order on which the Commission situated her position was issued by the Federal High Court in Lagos presided by Justice I. N. Buba who was approached by the trio of National Chairman of the party, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff; the National Secretary, Prof. Olawale Oladipo and the National Auditor, Alhaji Fatai Adewale Adeyanju listed as 1st 2nd and 3rd plaintiffs. in the case with suit number FHC/L/CS/61 3/2016, dated 6th of May, 2016, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the PDP were listed as the 1st and 2nd defendants.
The plaintiffs prayed for: An order of interlocutory injunction restraining the 2nd defendant from conducting any election into the offices of the National Chairman, National Secretary and National Auditor occupied by the 1st, 2nd and 3rd plaintiffs, respectively pending the hearing and determination of the substantive suit amongst others.
The Court granted an order of interlocutory injunction to the Plaintiffs/Applicants restraining the 1st Defendant/Respondent from monitoring and or recognizing the conduct of any the 2nd Defendant/Respondent into the offices of the National Chairman, National Secretary and National Auditor occupied by the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Plaintiffs respectively pending the hearing and determination of the substantive suit.”