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PDP govs meet over conflicting court orders on party leadership

25 May 2016, 11:05

Abuja - Governors elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Tuesday met in Abuja over the conflicting court judgments regarding the party’s leadership, reports Daily Independent.

Two Federal High Courts in Lagos and Port Harcourt, respectively on Tuesday gave conflicting orders sacking and according recognition to the Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led National Caretaker Committee appointed by the 2016 national convention of the party last Saturday in Port Harcourt.

In a verdict issued by Justice A.M. Liman, the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to recognise the Makarfi-led committee of the PDP.

Also read: Court bars Sheriff, others as PDP national officers

However, as the court in Port Harcourt gave its order, another court of concurrent jurisdiction in Lagos sacked the seven-man interim committee led by Senator Makarfi.

Justice Ibrahim Buba of the Federal High Court, Lagos, held that the committee was appointed in violation of an order he made on May 12.

The two conflicting judgments according to The Sun took the party leaders including the governors by surprise

A meeting of the PDP governors was hurriedly arranged with a view of quickly finding a way round two conflicting court orders over the authentic leadership structure of the party. 

Some members of the Jerry Gana inspired Concerned PDP Stakeholders Forum, which held its own convention in Abuja last Saturday, were also present at the meeting. 

- News 24


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