The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says all is now set for its planned national convention scheduled to hold in Port Harcourt on Wednesday, shunning a court order asking it to shelve the convention plan.
Hours after a Federal High Court in Abuja gave a ruling that proscribed the party from holding the national convention, the Chairman of the Planning Committee and Governor of Rivers State, Mr Nyesom Wike, told reporters that the planned convention would hold.
While the Federal High Court in Abuja has banned the party from holding the convention, another Federal High Court in Port Harcourt, the capital of Rivers State, has ruled that the PDP could hold the convention as planned.
The latest of the contradictory orders were issued on Tuesday by both courts.
In his ruling on a case filed by the factional chairman of the PDP, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, the presiding judge of the Abuja court, Justice Okon Abang, restrained the Independent National Electoral Commission from supervising or monitoring the planned convention, pending the determination of the substantive suit.
The trial judge in the ruling also ordered the Inspector General of Police to enforce his order which put paid to the planned convention.
He also directed Senator Sheriff to obtain and fill form 48 so as to commit anybody or group, who may disobey the order to prison.
Aware that a Port Harcourt court order contradicts that of his court, he said: “This division is not struggling with Port Harcourt division for jurisdiction but the Port Harcourt division should not have assumed jurisdiction because the Supreme Court has made it clear, that when a situation like we have at hand arises, a judge should consult with the Chief Judge before taking any step.
“If my brother in Port Harcourt is vast with this Supreme Court decision he would not have assumed jurisdiction. Let me make it clear here that Port Harcourt division cannot over rule me”.
“Any party or person that fails to comply with my decision will have himself to blame,” he warned.
In an earlier ruling on the same day, the court in Port Harcourt said that since the July 4, 2016 judgement of Justice Lima that ordered Senator Sheriff or his agents from parading themselves as the chairman and leaders of the party was not appealed, the judgement still subsists.
The ruling by Justice Ibrahim Walifa was in connection with originating summons of a matter between the National Convention Planning Committee of the party and the Independent National Electoral Commission, the police and Department of State Services.
Justice Walifa said that it was an abuse of court processes for the defendants to carry on as if nothing has changed and sought to originate a similar matter in a sister court.
He believes the High Court judgement of July 4 and August 16 have made it abundantly clear that the Ahmed Makarfi-led Caretaker Committee was on the right side of the law.
Amidst theses contradictory orders, however, the PDP said convention planning committee is carrying on with its plan to hold the convention, with Mr Wike saying that the seeming conflicting judgements from the High Court in Abuja was simply a distraction.
“All the legal organs of the party have arrived for the event,” he said.
Billed to hold on Wednesday, the convention, according to the party, will see the election of officers of the Party drawn from the six geo-political zones of Nigeria to fill in the vacant positions that occurred following the dissolution of national officers due to the expiration of their tenure at the last National Convention on May 21.
The planned convention will hold at the Sharks Stadium, Moscow Road in Port Harcourt. .