A Federal High Court in Abuja has said that the Sen. Ahmed Makarfi-led Caretaker Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party is illegal. Justice Okon Abang said this in preliminary ruling in an application filed the Ali Modu Sheriff-faction of party. The Sheriff faction of the party had filed an application on July 4 for an interlocutory injunction seeking to stop the national convention of the party, which was planned by the Makarfi faction and scheduled for August 17.
The faction said it filed the suit numbered FHC/ABJ/CS/464/2016 for themselves and on behalf of the Executive Committee/National Working Committee of the PDP. The suit has only the Independent National Electoral Commission and the PDP as the defendants. The plaintiffs had contended that that by virtue of the PDP’s Constitution, they must remain in office till 2018. They also urged the court to declare all moves aimed at removing, replacing or conducting fresh elections into their offices as illegal, unlawful, unconstitutional, null and void.