Court stops PDP convention

The crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has assumed another dimension as a  Federal high court sitting  in Abuja on Thursday granted the application filed by the Ali Modu Sheriff faction of the party  to stop the convention scheduled  for August 19 by the Ahmed Makarfi caretaker committee.
The plaintiffs are Sheriff are Wale Oladapo, national secretary; Dennis Alonge-Niyi, deputy national youth leader; Bashir Maidugu, deputy national legal adviser; Hanatu Ulam, deputy national women leader; Lawal Dutsima, Anchi deputy national auditor; Okey Nnadozie, deputy national organising secretary and Olisa Metuh, national publicity secretary.
Counsel to the Ahmed Makarfi faction of party, Ferdinand Obi, had told the court that it did not have jurisdiction to hear the motion seeking to stop the convention from holding.
 He also sought to disqualify the Judge, Okon Abang.
In his ruling, Abang held that the caretaker committee was “illegal” based on the the Ikeja division of the federal high court, adding that it cannot take decisions on behalf of the PDP.