In yet another ruling from a court of concurrent jurisdiction, a Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt has ordered the police, Department of State Security (DSS) and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) not to interfere with the National Convention of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) scheduled to hold in Port Harcourt on August 17.
This came as chairmen of the 36 states and Federal Capital Territory (FCT) chapters of the PDP called on members to be united in their bid to reposition the party for greater heights ahead of 2019 elections.
PDP also got some reprieve yesterday when INEC released the final list of candidates for the Edo governorship election, featuring the name of Mr. Osagie Ize-Iyamu, the candidate of the PDP, on the list.
Shortly after the PDP primary had elected Ize-Iyamu as the candidate of the party to contest the poll in Edo State, a faction of the main opposition party led by its ousted national chairman Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, held another primary through which Mr. Matthew Iduoriyekemwen emerged as the factional candidate.
This led to uncertainty over Ize-Iyamu’s candidacy which was finally laid to rest yesterday by INEC.
Ruling on an ex-parte motion brought before the court by Senator Ben Obi (plaintiff) on behalf of the National Convention Planning Committee of the PDP against the Inspector General of Police, State Commissioner of Police, the DSS, the state Director of the DSS and INEC (as defendants), the presiding judge, Justice Ibrahim Watila, ordered the police and the DSS to provide security for the PDP during the convention.
He also ordered the INEC to monitor the election as required by law.
The motion was filed by Wori N. Wori on behalf of Senator Obi relying on a 34-paragragh affidavit sworn to by Felix Obuah.
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