PDP Conflicting Court Orders: Ali Modu Sheriff Petitions, President Muhammadu Buhari, CJN
The embattled Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Ali modu Sheriff and members of his faction have petitioned President Muhammadu Buhari and Chief Justice of Nigeria, Mahmud Mohammed over conflicting orders from various courts.
The factional National Secretary of the party, Professor Wale Oladipo said in a statement made available to journalists that they had since petitioned the president and CJN to wade in before things got worse in the judiciary.
Three Federal High Courts have been at the centre stage of the conflicting orders over who becomes the chairman of the party between Ali Modu Sheriff and Ahmed Makarfi led National Council of the PDP.
Before the botched PDP National Convention in Port Harcourt, it will be recalled that a Federal High Court in Abuja stopped the convention while another Federal High Court in Port Harcourt gave a nod to the convention.
According to Oladipo, the Makarfi led group flouted the court order and despite that the law enforcement agents sealed off the Sharks of Port Harcourt Stadium, venue of the botched convention, the party held the purported convention at its secretariat in Port Harcourt.
Worried by the conflicting orders, Makarfi faction urged the Chief Justice to call the Justices of the Federal High Court who are involved in the crisis to order.
Oladipo mentioned Justice Mohammed Liman of the Port Harcourt Division of the Federal High Court who granted an exparte order in respect of the same issues and parties on the May 23, 2016, twelve (12) days after the Federal High Court, Lagos, had taken over the matter.
Prof. Oladipo alleged how Justice Liman who happened to be the most senior justice in Port Harcourt had been using one Juctice Ibrahim Watila to perpetrate what he termed as judicial rascality.
According to him, the court as presided over by Justice Watila, granted an exparte order, converted it to a Motion on Notice through substituted service, heard the matter within 72 hours and delivered judgment within a week.
He alleged that some judges have become instruments in the hands of politicians, calling on Buhari and CJN to intervene.