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PDP convention will hold despite ‘reckless’ court order, says Makarfi faction

PDP convention will hold despite ‘reckless’ court order, says Makarfi faction
August 15
20:25 2016

The Ahmed Makarfi-led faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says its convention in Port Harcourt will go on as planned despite “reckless” a court order stopping it.


In a statement on Monday, Dayo Adeyeye, spokesman of the faction, said the convention would take place because a federal high court in Port Harcourt had given a superior order for it to proceed.

Earlier, Okon Abang, justice of the federal high court, Abuja, had ruled that the convention be suspended pending the determination of an application by the Ali Modu Sheriff faction.

But a few hours later, spokesman of the Makarfi faction said that the convention, which is scheduled for Wednesday, would hold.


“Our attention has been drawn once again to another act of judicial recklessness by the honourable judge of the federal high court, Justice Okon Abang of the purported suspension of the PDP national convention holding in Port Harcourt, Rivers on Wednesday the 17 of August 2016,” he said.

“We wish to however state that a federal high court in Port Harcourt Rivers state has earlier in the day given a comprehensive order wherein the honourable judge specifically ordered the PDP to proceed with the convention as scheduled without hindrance.

“Indeed, his lordship while given the order mandated all relevant agencies including the Police, DSS and INEC to cooperate with the party in organising a hitch-free national convention.


“You may also wish to note that the federal high court in Port Harcourt, Rivers state gave an interlocutory order while Justice Okon Abang, Abuja, gave an interim order. The order of Port Harcourt is clearly superior and earlier in time to the interim order given by Justice Okon Abang.

“In the light of the above, The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as a law-abiding party is obeying the order of the Port Harcourt, federal high court until set aside by any competent court of jurisdiction.

“In view of the above, the 2016 repeat national convention of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will continue as scheduled as we welcome all delegates, party leaders, other critical stakeholders, INEC monitoring team and other friends of PDP to Port Harcourt, Rivers state while wishing all our members and supporters a successful national convention.”



  1. Fula
    Fula August 15, 21:50

    Threading the same old paths that brought them to this sorry pass. They actually believe the outcome will be different. Nigerian politicians just never learn

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  2. Daniel
    Daniel August 16, 06:24

    Why is Buhari so desperate to ‘kill’ the PDP?

    If he is actually doing the job of governance, Nigerians will not be interested in what happens in PDP.

    But because he is failing, he is using Modu Sheriff, the known turncoat, to create instability in PDP.

    And as for Justice Abang, it is dishonourable and unpatriotic to deny Nigerians the right to make alternative choices.

    The APC has FAILED. We NEED PDP back in Aso Rock.

    Enough of the anti-corruption ruse!

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  3. IzzyCN
    IzzyCN August 16, 12:08

    Daniel and Fani Kayode may be coming from the that they are unable to remember who and how Sherrif was made PDP chairman. Let them please ask Ayo Fayose of Ekite who made Sherrif. The way PDP and their blind supporters are blaming everything on Buhari, one day they will accuse him of asking their wives not to sleep with them.
    The only thing holding PDP together was access to our common wealth which they were stealing with impunity,and now that they dont have control over Naira, the falcon can not hear the falconer.

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