INEC Receives 19 Governorship Candidates for Edo Election

INEC, Edo ElectionThe Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says that as at Tuesday night, 19 political parties have submitted the names of their candidates for the Edo governorship election.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016 had been fixed as the final day for political parties to submit names of candidates that will represent them at the September 10, 2016 governorship election.

The commission has, however, not declared which of the two candidates submitted to it by the two different factions of the PDP would be recognized by it for the election.

The factions of Caretaker Committee, Senator Ahmed Makarfi and embattled Chairman, Ali Modu Sheriff have held parallel primaries where Mr Osagie Ize Iyamu and Mr Mathew Iduokiymhen emerged.

The electoral umpire says it is seeking wider legal consultations based on different legal cases hanging over the issue to be able to determine which of the candidates to recognize.

The embattled chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ali Modu Sheriff, ignored a Federal High Court judgement that sacked his faction of the party by issuing a Certificate of Return to a parallel governorship candidate in the forthcoming election.

There are two elections in Edo and Ondo states where the PDP is expected to participate in the next few months.

PDP Caretaker Committee Calls For Modu Sheriff’s Arrest

Ahmed-Makarfi, Ali Modu Sheriff, PDPThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Caretaker Committee, led by Senator Ahmed Makarfi has called for the arrest of factional leader, Ali Modu Sheriff for contempt of court.

Spokesperson for the committee, Mr Dayo Adeyeye, told journalists on Friday in Abuja that the issuance of a certificate of return to a parallel candidate by the Sheriff group was illegal.

He noted that the judgements of the court must be obeyed as both groups work to resolve the impasse in the party.

In a swift reaction, the factional Deputy Chairman of the PDP, Mr Kairo Ojugbo, faulted the Makarfi faction’s claim, saying that their leader has not committed contempt of court.

Mr Ojugbo insisted that Senator Sheriff remains the National Chairman of the PDP.

The leadership crisis in the party took a new dimension when the Ali Modu Sheriff faction issued a certificate of return to a parallel PDP candidate in the forthcoming governorship election in Edo State.

The issuance of the certificate was sequel to the ruling by Justice Abdullahi Liman of the Federal High Court that the PDP national convention held on May 21 in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital was legal and did not go contrary to any law.

However, Mr Sheriff went ahead to present a certificate of return to Mr Matthew Aighuhuenze as the PDP flag bearer in the Edo State governorship election.

There are two elections in Edo and Ondo states where the PDP is expected to participate in the next few months.

Sheriff Dares Court, Presents Parallel PDP Candidate For Edo Election

PDP, SheriffThe embattled chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ali Modu Sheriff, has issued a Certificate of Return to a parallel governorship candidate in the forthcoming governorship election in Edo state.

This is despite a Federal High Court judgement in Port Harcourt on Monday that sacked his faction of the party.

Mr Ali Modu Sheriff presented the certificate to Mr Matthew Aighuhuenze as the party’s flag bearer, after the chairman of his delegates congress committee, Ahmed Gulak, presented the reports of his primaries to the group in Abuja.

The event is a new twist to the leadership tussle the party is grappling with, as the Ahmed Makarfi-led caretaker committee of the PDP also flagged off the campaign of their own candidate for the same election on Monday in Benin City.

Mr Sheriff says his faction will, in the coming days, flag off a campaign for their own candidate in the same state.

A Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, had granted reliefs sought by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on the controversies trailing the changes effected in the party’s leadership.

According to Justice Abdullahi Liman of the Federal High Court 1, the national convention held on May 21, 2016 in the state capital which removed Sheriff as chairman, was legal and did not go contrary to any law.

The trial judge also held that the dissolution of the National Executive Committee, the National Working Committee and the constitution of a caretaker committee to oversee the affairs of the party by that convention was valid.

Meanwhile, the embattled chairman has headed to the Appeal Court.

Mr Sheriff told journalists in Abuja shortly after the court ruling that he remained the chairman of the party until the Court of Appeal sets aside an earlier ruling of a Federal High Court in Abuja which was in his favour.

PDP Crisis: Court Okays Port Harcourt Convention, Caretaker Committee

PDP leadershipA Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, has granted reliefs sought by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on the controversies trailing the changes effected in the party’s leadership.

According to Justice Abdullahi Liman of the Federal High Court 1, the national convention held on May 21, 2016 in the state capital was legal and did not go contrary to any law.

The trial judge also held that the dissolution of the National Executive Committee, the National Working Committee and the constitution of a caretaker committee to oversee the affairs of the party by that convention was valid.

The court stated that in pursuant of the constitution of the party, the former acting national chairman of the party, Ali-Modu Sheriff had no powers to unilaterally postpone the convention on a day all delegates had converged on Port Harcourt.

Sheriff Appeals 

Meanwhile, the embattled chairman of the PDP has headed to the Appeal Court.

Mr Sheriff told journalists in Abuja shortly after the court ruling that he remained the chairman of the party until the Court of Appeal set aside an earlier ruling of a Federal High Court in Abuja which was in his favour.

According to him, the Federal High Court in Port Harcourt is of equal ranking with that in Abuja and therefore cannot make him vacate office until a higher court rules otherwise.

Meanwhile, a statement signed by Ahmed Makarfi after the court ruling in Port Harcourt has appealed to the embattled chairman to sheath his sword and join hands to build the party.

PDP Crisis: Sheriff Heads To Appeal Court

PDP crisisThe embattled chairman of the PDP has headed to the Appeal Court after a Federal High Court in Port Harcourt recognized the Ahmed Makarfi-led caretaker committee as the only legitimate organ of the party.

Mr Sheriff told journalists in Abuja shortly after the court ruling that he remained the chairman of the party until the Court of Appeal set aside an earlier ruling of a Federal High Court in Abuja which was in his favour.

According to him, the Federal High Court in Port Harcourt is of equal ranking with that in Abuja and therefore cannot make him vacate office until a higher court rules otherwise.

Meanwhile, a statement signed by Ahmed Makarfi after the court ruling in Port Harcourt has appealed to the embattled chairman to sheath his sword and join hands to build the party.

A Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, has granted reliefs sought by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on the controversies trailing the changes effected in the party’s leadership.

According to Justice Abdullahi Liman of the Federal High Court 1, the national convention held on May 21, 2016 in the state capital was legal and did not go contrary to any law.

PDP Crisis: Caretaker Committee Insists INEC Cannot Recognise Sheriff

PDP Ali Modu SheriffThe Caretaker Committer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), formed after some leaders of the party removed Senator Ali Modu Sheriff as the part’s chairman, has asked the judiciary to avoid being used to truncate Nigeria’s democracy.

The spokesman for the committee, Mr Dayo Adeyeye, made the statement while addressing reporters in Port Harcourt on Saturday.

Mr Adeyeye stated that the seeming confusing court judgments and injunctions obtained from various courts to resolve the leadership crisis in the party was a dangerous trend in the polity.

According to him, the recent order of court that the Ali Modu Sheriff-led faction should be recognised by the Independent National Electoral Commission in the Edo and Ondo elections was not sustainable.

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The Spokesman for the Caretaker Committee, Dayo Adeyeye, believes the court orders are of no effect

“The idea of using the court to force yourself to take control of a party is something I have not seen before. It is anathema to democracy.

“But they got the order and the order is really of no effect.

“On Tuesday and Wednesday, there were judgments of the court in Abuja. One was to the effect that the amendment of the constitution in 2014 that made it possible for Bamanga Tukur to succeed Mu’Azu was illegal and unconstitutional. That is a judgment not an order,” he told reporters.

The crisis in the PDP had become obvious after some leaders of the party removed Senator Sheriff at a convention held in Port Harcourt.

Before his removal, Senator Sheriff had declared the postponement of the convention, citing a court order which he said had prohibited the party from holding a convention.

The development showed a divide in the party, with a Caretaker Committee led by Senator Markafi formed to take care of the affairs of the party.

Senator Sheriff has, however, continued to claim that he is the chairman of the party, obtaining court injunctions that gave him the authority to preside over the affairs of the party.

Some members in the Markafi-led faction have accused Senator Sheriff of sabotaging the efforts of the party to reorganise itself ahead of some elections.

Some of the party members in Sheriff’s faction have also asked other party leaders in opposition to recognise Senator Sheriff as the chairman of the party and consider resolving the crisis through further talks.