The Nigerian Police has cordoned off the venue of the planned National Convention of the People’s Democratic Party, (PDP), in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.
The action by the security agent follows the ruling of a Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday barring the PDP from holding the convention.
Justice Okon Abang ruling in a motion filed by a factional chairman of the party, Ali-Modu Sheriff, also restrained the Inspector General of Police and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from supervising or monitoring the planned convention pending the determination of the substantive suit.
Before the ruling by the Abuja court, a Federal High Court in Port Harcourt had given a clear call for the convention to go ahead.
Ruling on a motion filed by the convention planning committee, Justice Ibrahim Walifa stated that the party’s National Convention Planning Committee was duly constituted and that the convention stands valid.
Meanwhile the second highest body of the PDP, the National Executive Council (NEC) held an emergency meeting in Port Harcourt, where the tenure of the Ahmed Makarfi-led Caretaker Committee was extended by a year.
Present at the meeting are governors, party leaders, former ministers among others.