- Party extends Makarfi’s tenure by 1 year as court sacks Sheriff
Nigerian Police in Rivers State yesterday sealed off the Sharks Stadium, venue of the National Convention of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
The police also went ahead to barricade the main entrance to the Government House.
Nigerian Pilot reporter who visited those areas observed that all routes leading to the stadium, which included Moscow Road, Hospital Road and Station Road were all barricaded with police vans while the entrance to the stadium was blocked with Armoured Personnel Carriers.
Armed operatives of the Nigerian Police, and as well Nigerian Security Civil Defense Corps, were seen scattered all over the area.
Commuter vehicles plying Moscow and Hospital Roads axis were prevented, thus leading to mass trekking.
A handful of the delegates were seen around the venue of the convention, probably to see things for themselves.
Meanwhile, the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Francis Mobolaji Odesanya, however stated that police did not seal off the venue, but was rather providing security in line with court order.
Odesanya, who fielded questions from journalists at the police headquarters, Moscow Road, said he was not in position to interpret a court order.
According to the CP, the police were only discharging their constitutional responsibilities of providing security for people.
“We are obeying court order by providing security for the people. It is not my duty to interpret the court order; we just want to align with the court order. We are always everywhere; we are always providing security everywhere. That is our primary assignment to make sure that everywhere within the state is secured. Police did not seal off anywhere; we are providing security,” the CP said.
At the time of filing this report, it is not known if the convention will still hold, but an inside source said the planning committee might be having a “Plan B” of holding the convention in an undisclosed venue.
“By evening, you may hear announcement of results from the convention,” said the source.
…Extends CCT tenure to 12 months as Executive C’tt is inaugurated
Meanwhile, the PDP National Convention has approved the extension of the tenure of the National Caretaker Committee led by Senator Ahmed Makarfi by 12 months.
The motion was moved by Deputy Senate President Ike Ekeremadu and seconded by former Minister of Women Affairs, Hajia Zainab Maina.
Chairman of the National Convention Planning Committee and governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike put the question for the extension of the lifespan of the committee, which was unanimously approved.
The National Caretaker Committee was expanded to have a membership of 13 persons.
The convention had earlier adopted a motion moved by the minority leader of the House of Representatives, Leo Ogor, to amend the agenda of the National Convention and step down the issue of election.
In a related development, the national caretaker chairman of the party, Senator Ahmed Makarfi has inaugurated the National Executive Committee, NEC, of the party.
Performing the inauguration at the Government House, Port Harcourt, yesterday, Senator Makarfi said the NEC included PDP governors, National Assembly caucus, Board of Trustees, National Caucus, 36 state PDP chairmen and national officers of the party.
He said in the absence of the elected national officers, the National Caretaker Committee members would be part of NEC.
The caretaker committee chairman said that the National Caretaker Committee members seized to be NEC members once national officers were elected.
At the meeting were PDP governors, National Assembly Caucus, Board of Trustees, National Caucus, 36 state PDP chairmen and members of the National Caretaker Committee of the party.
Abuja Court Sacks Sheriff
Justice Nwaamaka Ogbonanya of the FCT High Court Abuja yesterday directed that the order of Justice Valentine Ashi made on June 26 is still subsisting and Ali Modu Sheriff is acting illegally
A member of the senator Ahmed Makarfi faction of the party, Ayuba Danladi had approached the court seeking an order to stop Sherrif from parading himself as the chairman of the party.
At the commencement of the suit on Monday counsel for Alli Modu Sheriff, Oluyede Ajibola told the court that his client was only aware of the suit last night and should be given an opportunity to be heard.
But that was opposed by the plaintiff counsel Uchema Okparaugo who urged the court to uphold his argument.
Ruling on a preliminary objection by Ali Modu sheriff counsel Oluyede, seeking to stop the delivery of the judgment on Ali Modu Sherrif from further parading himself as PDP chairman until he is been heard by the court.
Justice Nwaamaka Ogbonanya held that the plaintiff has locus to institute the action being a member in the party and that the case before her is not for interpretation of justice Valentine Ashi ‘s judgment but to pronounce the judgment which has not been appealed against .
Justice Ogbonanyan said order for substituted service was done through publication and a photo copy was handed to the defendant, even though she has no copy of the
documents before her.
She maintained that the copy of the hearing notice given to the defendant shows that Sheriff has been dully notified.
She therefore said that every order made concerning the appointment of the Chairmanship of the PDP remains valid and therefore declared that every officer or agent of PDP whose appointment is based on the amendment of the party’s constitution is void.