The leadership crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, deepened, yesterday, as the Federal High Court in Abuja sacked the Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led Caretaker Committee of the party.
This came on a day former National Publicity Secretary of the party, Olisa Metuh, denied reports that he was one of the plaintiffs in the suit seeking to halt the party’s August 17, 2016 National Convention.
The court, in a ruling by Justice Okon Abang, held that every action the committee had taken since it emerged through a convention the party purportedly held in Port Harcourt on May 21, amounted to nullity.
The party in a reaction late, yesterday, nevertheless pledged to go ahead with the planned convention as it expressed concern over what it called spate of controversial rulings by Justice Abang on issues affecting the party.
The party in its reaction said it was strange that despite rulings by the Federal High Court, Port Harcourt affirming the legitimacy of the Port Harcourt convention that enthroned the caretaker committee, that Justice Abang decided to sit on appeal over a court of concurrent jurisdiction.
Justice Abang in his ruling yesterday said: “Parties have an uncompromising duty to obey court order until it is set aside. The Lagos Division made orders on May 12 and 20, forbidding the PDP from removing the Sheriff-led Caretaker Committee. That order is still subsisting.
“Having regard to the order of the court, PDP had no lawful authority to hold the convention that led to the emergence of the Markafi-led committee.
The convention was unlawfully held and the caretaker committee was unlawfully and illegally appointed and could not take any legal decision for the PDP, in view of the subsisting order of the Lagos Division of this court.”