A federal high court sitting in Lagos has stopped the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from electing anyone into offices of the national chairman, national secretary and national auditor of the party at the party’s national convention on May 21 in Port-Harcourt, Rivers state.
The order restraining the party from conducting elections was in respect of a suit brought before the court by Sheriff, the National Secretary, Prof. Olawale Oladipo and the National Auditor, Alhaji Fatai Adewale Adeyanju.
Incumbent national chairman, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff is the sole candidate for the office of the chairman.
Justice I.N. Buba, granted the request for an order of interlocutory injunction restraining the 2nd Defendant/Respondent from conducting any election into the offices of the national chairman, national secretary and national auditor pending the hearing and determination of the substantive suit.
It also granted a similar order restraining INEC from monitoring and or recognizing the conduct of any election into the offices of the affected offices pending the hearing and determination of the substantive suit.
Meanwhiel, a group within the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have accused the Deputy President of Senate, Ike Ekweremadu and some persons in the Southwest PDP leadership of betraying the Southwest in the affairs of the PDP.
Ariyo-Dare Atoye, co-convener of the PDP Reform Group, in a statement made available to our reporter, the group said it is deeply saddened that two avoidable painful developments have thrown our party into a serious dilemma and an intractable crisis.