PDP Crisis: Chief Judge, Justice Ibrahim Ndahi Auta Wades In
The Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Ibrahim Ndahi Auta has directed all the judges involved in the various leadership cases in the Peoples Democratic Party to brief him.
A source told our correspondent that Auta had to cut short his holidays abroad to allow him to attend to the alleged permutations and political maneuver in the judiciary over the PDP case.
According to findings, the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court is not happy with the way the case has been handled as he has called on the judges to be careful about the integrity of the judiciary.
Three Federal High Courts in Abuja, Lagos and Port Harcourt are involved in the leadership case between two factions of PDP, one led by Senator Ali Modu Sheriff and another Ahmed Makarfi.
Auta was quoted to have said that the integrity of the judiciary is being challenged, following a petition by the Modu Sheriff faction of the party.
Modu Sheriff had petitioned President Muhammadu Buhari and the Chief Justice of Nigeria over the alleged use of the judiciary by politicians to thwart court order.
“He came back yesterday and requested that all the files on the PDP case be brought to his table,” the source hinted.
Following Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court Abuja, pronouncing Sheriff as the PDP Chairman and ordering the stoppage of botched PDP national convention in Port Harcourt, it would be recalled that another Federal High Court in the state countered the order, giving a nod to the convention.
The Sharks of Port Harcourt Stadium, venue of the convention was consequently sealed off by the police but the party quickly held the meeting at its secretariat.
The Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has since described the action of the police as partisan.