…Orders IGP to enforce its ruling
Justice Okon Abang of a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Tuesday stopped the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from holding its national convention slated for today, August 17, 2016 in Port-Harcourt, the Rivers State Capital.
The Judge also barred the opposition party (PDP) from presenting, electing or recognizing any body as national officer.
Ruling in a motion on notice brought before it by the factional national chairman of the party, Senator Ali Modu-Sheriff seeking to stop the convention, which date was fixed by the Senator Ahmed Makarfi led Care Take Committee, Justice Abang restrained the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from supervising or monitoring the planned convention, pending the determination of the substantive suit.
The trial judge in the ruling delivered yesterday, also ordered the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) to enforce his order which stopped the planned convention by the Makarfi led Exco..
In the same vein the judge directed Senator Ali Modu-Sheriff to obtain and fill form 48 so as to commit any body or group, who may dis-obey the order of the court to prison.
He lampooned Justice Ibrahim Watila of the Port-Harcourt Division of the court for dabbling into the PDP matter when he knew a sister court in Abuja was cease of the matter.
The judge said that Justice Watila would have done well to refer the suit filed by Senator Ben Obi to the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court for a directive instead of assuming jurisdiction.
Apparently furious with the conflicting decision of the two divisions, Justice Abang said the, “The Port Harcourt division had set stage for the legal combatants to determine which of the decisions to obey.
He, however, said anyone or group that disobeys his orders would have themselves to blame.
Commenting on the alleged desperate remark by a member of the factional caretaker committee of the PDP, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, Justice Abang said that his behaviour is. “an act of indiscipline, unbecoming of a person with good culture. Anybody scandalising the court of law without any reason is breaking the bridge he will cross one day.
“He is like a person living in a glass house and throwing stones. I have various legal steps to bring him to book but I will not do so for now, the lenient attitude of this court is not borne out of cowardice. He should show good manners to the court so that he can assist the court to do justice.
“The day I summon him before me I believe he will have a rethink,” the Judge declared.