The embattled PDP factional Chairman, Ali Modu Sheriff and other former NWC members of the party will today, Thursday appear before a Federal High Court in Abuja to plead for an order to stop the party from holding its national convention scheduled for August 17.
The suit numbered FHC/ABJ/CS/464/2016 was filed by nine plaintiffs.
They are- Sheriff as the National Chairman; Prof. Wale Oladapo (National Secretary); Dennis Alonge-Niyi (Deputy National Youth Leader); Alhaji Bashir Maidugu (Deputy National Legal Adviser); Mrs. Hanatu Ulam (Deputy National Women Leader); Alhaji Lawa Dutsima Anchi (Deputy National Auditor); Chief Okey Nnadozie (Deputy National Organising Secretary); and Chief Olisa Metuh (National Publicity Secretary).
The plaintiffs had filed the substantive suit on July 4, 2016, saying that by virtue of the PDP’s Constitution, they must remain in office till 2018.
The Ahmed Makarfi-led Caretaker Committee of the party had on July 14 announced August 17 as the date for the party’s national convention.
The Sherriff faction therefore on July 20 filed an interlocutory application asking the court to stop the party from going ahead with the planned national convention pending the determination of their substantive suit.
The court presided over by Justice Okon Abang on Tuesday granted the plaintiffs order to have their case heard during the Federal High Court’s ongoing vacation.
“It is deserving to be heard during the vacation by the judge nominated by the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court. But whether it will succeed is another issue entirely.”
Justice Abang then fixed Thursday for the hearing of the motion and directed that hearing notice be issued on the two defendants – INEC and the PDP.