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PDP to Federal High Court: Modu Sheriff was validly removed

•Says Port Harcourt National Convention  was duly convened by NEC  headed by Sheriff
•Says National Convention has constitutional power to appoint committeesThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Thursday  declared that former Acting National Chairman of the party, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff  was validly removed by the legally constituted  May 21, 2016 national convention  of the party which held in Port Harcourt.

The PDP  further declared that the  caretaker committee  of the party headed by Senator Ahmed Makarfi was duly appointed  in line with the  Constitution  of  the  party.

The party stated that the national  convention was convened by the National Executive Committee headed by  the  former National Acting Chairman,  Senator Modu Sheriff,  who himself  participated in pre-convention events including  his participation  in the screening exercise.

Making the  submission  on behalf of the PDP at the Federal  High Court, Port Harcourt presided over by Justice  Abdullahi  Liman, counsel  to the  PDP, Oladejo  Laminkanra (SAN) in an originating  summons stated that: “Modu Sheriff  submitted himself  for screening at the Port Harcourt national convention.  Realising that he has lost his bid to be national chairman, Modu Sheriff  alone without consent and consultation with the National Executive Committee  claimed he postponed the convention. Modu Sheriff  had no such powers to postpone a convention approved by the National Executive Committee. ”

Submitting  further, the PDP averred that: “Modu Sheriff  is not the chairman  of  PDP. He was never elected at any convention and he is subject to the extant judgment of Justice AB Mohammed (FCT High Court) which Modu Sheriff is curiously  seeking  to  enforce.

“The FCT High Court Justice AB Mohammed had in judgment  of 18 May 2016 in FCT/CV/1443/2016 rejected  Modu Sheriff’s argument  that he is PDP  Chairman  until 2016. ”

The PDP  argued that no court stopped the party from holding its national convention.  It added that the National Constitution  of  the PDP  was also never suspended, hence the National  Convention derived its powers from the party’s  constitution.

The party  stated that the interim order of the Federal  High Court sitting in Port Harcourt stopping  Modu  Sheriff from parading himself as PDP  Chairman  was still subsisting.

The  PDP  stated: “The Interim Orders could not possibly lapse when Modu Sheriff had an application  asking  court to set aside same order.  It could not possibly  lapse when Modu Sheriff was asking  the   name PDP  to be struck  out  from the suit.

“An interim order met with  the applications mentioned  does not lapse until 14 days after arguments are taken. That is 14 days from May 16, 2016”.

He noted that the suit was filed by the PDP and not Senator  Ahmed Makarfi  and Senator Ben Obi  as claimed by Sheriff.

Earlier, Sheriff had urged the court to  dismiss  the  originating summons.

He had, through  his counsel, Ajibola Oluyode, filed applications  asking the court to set aside the interim order directing  him to stop parading himself  as acting national  chairman.

Sheriff  also urged the court to strike the name PDP  from the suit  and subsequently  strike it out.

Justice Abdullahi Liman  adjourned  the matter to July 4, 2016 for judgment.

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