Says we won’t monitor Modu-Sheriff, 2 others’ elections

As confusion continues to trail the May 21 double national convention of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, yesterday declared that it would not monitor the Abuja parallel convention of the group led by Prof. Jerry Gana.
This is coming as the electoral body compounded the dilemma of the party’s national chairman, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, saying though it would monitor the Port Harcourt convention of the PDP, it would not monitor for the offices of the national chairman, national secretary and national auditor.
Responding to media enquiries of INEC’s preparation for the PDP convention, the commission’s director of Publicity and Voters Education, Mr. Oluwole Osaze-Uzzi said the convention being planned by the group led by Prof Gana is illegal and “unknown to the law.”
According to the INEC spokesman, there is only one PDP convention that is known to law and INEC regulations, and that is the convention that would be taking place on Saturday in Port Harcourt.
He declared that INEC had been served the court injunction which barred the PDP and the electoral body from conducting election for the offices of national chairman, secretary and auditor.
Osaze-Uzzi said, “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.”
He, however, declared that if the court order was set aside before Saturday, it would monitor the election into the three offices.
Nigerian Pilot recalls that last week a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos presided over by Justice I. N Bubah restrained the PDP from conducting elections into the offices of the national chairman of the party, the national secretary and the national auditor.
The court has also restrained the Independent INEC from monitoring the conduct of any election into the offices.
The order to restrain the party from conducting the elections followed a case brought before the court with the 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 first, second and third plaintiffs.
In the case with suit number FHC/L/CS/61 3/2016, dated May 6, 2016, the INEC and the PDP were listed as the first and second defendants.
The plaintiffs prayed for the following: An order of interlocutory injunction restraining the second defendant from conducting any election into the offices of the national chairman, national secretary and national auditor occupied by the first, second and third plaintiffs, respectively, pending the hearing and determination of the substantive suit.
…an order of interlocutory injunction restraining the first defendant/respondent from monitoring and or recognising the conduct of any election by the second defendant/respondent into the offices of the national chairman, national secretary and national auditor occupied by the first, second and third plaintiffs, respectively, pending the hearing and determination of the substantive suit.
And for such further order(s) the court may deem fit to make in the circumstances.
According to the court order dated May 12, 2016, the affidavit in support of motion on notice and the exhibits attached were deposed to by Alhaji Adeyanju.
In response to the submission made by the plaintiffs’ counsels, the court granted the following: “an order of interlocutory injunction as requested by the plaintiffs/applicants restraining the second defendant/respondent from conducting any election into the offices of the national chairman, national secretary and national auditor occupied by the first, second and third plaintiffs, respectively, pending the hearing and determination of the substantive suit.
“…an order of interlocutory injunction to the plaintiffs/applicants restraining the first defendant/respondent from monitoring and or recognising the conduct of any election by the second defendant/respondent into the offices of national chairman, national secretary and national auditor occupied by the first, second and third plaintiffs, respectively, pending the hearing and determination of the substantive suit.”
The case was adjourned to May 24, 2016.


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