By; Sunday Ode, Abuja.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Monday night vowed that it would go ahead with its 2016 repeat convention scheduled for Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital this Wednesday.
The opposition party in a reaction to the decision of an Abuja Federal High Court presided over by Justice Okon Abang, granting an interim injunction to the claimant to national chairmanship of the party, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, to stop the convention, said it had obtained an interlocutory injunction in an appellate court in Port Harcourt to
continue with the convention.
A statement by a member of the Ahmed Makarfi-led National Caretaker Committee, Price Dayo Adeyeye, said there was no stopping the convention in spite of the Abuja court ruling.
The statement titled:”Re: Court Suspends PDP Convention…Our Convention still holds as scheduled” read: “Our attention has been drawn once again to another act of judicial recklessness by the Honourable Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Okon Abang of the purported suspension of the PDP National Convention holding in Port Harcourt, Rivers on Wednesday the 17 of August 2016.
“We wish to however state that a Federal High Court in Port Harcourt Rivers State has earlier in the day given a comprehensive Order wherein the Honourable Judge specifically ordered the PDP to proceed with the convention as scheduled without hindrance. Indeed his lordship while given the Order mandated all relevant agencies including the Police, DSS and INEC to cooperate with the Party in organizing a hitch free National Convention.
“You may also wish to note that the Federal High Court in Port Harcourt, Rivers State gave an Interlocutory Order while Justice Okon Abang, Abuja, gave an Interim Order. The Order of Port Harcourt is clearly superior and earlier in time to the Interim Order given by Justice Okon Abang. In the light of the above, The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as a law abiding Party is obeying the order of the Port Harcourt, Federal High Court until set aside by any competent Court of jurisdiction.
“In view of the above, the 2016 Repeat National Convention of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will continue as scheduled as we welcome all Delegates, Party leaders, other critical stakeholders, INEC monitoring team and other friends of PDP to Port Harcourt, Rivers State while wishing all our members and supporters a successful National Convention.”