The lawfully recognized National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, has solicited the Court from Appeal, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, to prison his most outstanding opponent, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, and some of his supporters.
Aside from the Ex legislator from Kaduna State, Sheriff, who is also a senator from Borno State, additionally recorded three other unmistakable pioneers of the gathering as those to be imprisoned by the investigative court.
Alimodu Sheriff and the National Secretary of PDP, Prof. Ridge Oladipo, blamed Makarfi and others for ridiculing the request of the court, which was conveyed on February 17, 2017.
The court, in the judgment, had articulated Sheriff as the national chairman of PDP while it likewise maintained that Oladipo remained its national secretary.
Aside from Makarfi, others named as claimed contemnors are the two different individuals from the sacked National Caretaker Committees, Senator Ben Obi (secretary) and Mr. Dayo Adeyeye(publicity secretary).
He also recorded a previous Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, among the charged contemnors.
Sheriff, in suit number FHC/PH/CS/524/16, requested that the court confer the four people to jail for one year over the charged hatred.
Aside from the four named over, the PDP national executive likewise recorded the ex Deputy Speaker of House of Representatives, Mr. Emeka Ihedioha; a previous Minister of Information, Prof. Jerry Gana; Chairman, Board of Trustees of the party, Senator Walid Jibrin; and a hopeful to the workplace of the gathering’s national executive, Chief Bode George, as claimed contemnors.
In any case, he didn’t supplicate the court to submit Ihedioha, Gana, Jibrin and George to jail, rather, he approached the court for a request controlling them from “broadcasting or generally holding out to people in general that the first to third asserted contemnors are national officers of the PDP for any reason at all.”
Recorded as respondents for the situation are the PDP, the Independent National Electoral Commission, the Inspector-General of Police and the Department of State Services.
The twosome requested that the court prevent Makarfi and his gathering from parading themselves as national officers of the gathering.
They additionally requested that the court coordinate the IGP and the DSS to shut down the factional secretariat being worked by the Makarfi gather.
Aside from that, they additionally requested that the court not transmit the records of the court procedures to Markarfi and his gathering, saying they didn’t host the authorization of the get-together to get it.
Oladipo, who marked an affirmation in support of the case, expressed that on February 17, “not long after the judgment was conveyed, the charged contemnors continued to deliver the media and to remark contrarily, disdainfully, disparagingly and contumaciously on the discoveries and request of the court set out above.”
He included, “Instead of acknowledge that the equity of the matter as dictated by this good court was as communicated in the discoveries, possessions and request set out over, the fourth to eighth Alleged Contemnors made explanations urging the first to third respondents to oppose the request of the court and ridicule the reason for the court’s judgment conveyed on the seventeenth of February 2017.”
He said it was on this basis that the alleged contemnors placed notices in newspapers, where they convened a meeting of what they called “PDP stakeholders.”
He stated, “The said meeting was held on Monday, February 20, and was attended by the 4th to 8th alleged contemnors, who made further statements encouraging the 1st to 3rd alleged contemnors to defy the holdings and order of the court.”
The movement on notice for the committal of the asserted contemnors was documented by eight legal advisors, drove by a previous Minister of Justice, Akin Olujimi (SAN), who was joined by two different SANs – Dr. Alex Izinyon and B. E. Nwofor – among others.
The solicitor said, “The actions of the alleged contemnors, as shown in the affidavit in support of this application, have the effort of flouting the purpose of the judgment of this Honourable court, which purpose is to properly regulate the exercise of powers by the alleged contemnors against the applicants and 1st Respondent; avoid any further anarchy, lawlessness and deepening crisis capable of heating up the Nigerian polity; and establish the requirements of the rule of law and due process in the administration of justice.
“Although the alleged contemnors were not parties to the action in court, it is our humble submission that they have a responsibility to ensure that they do not aid and abet the disobedience of the judgment order or treat the said judgment with disdain and disrespect.”
Markarfi and the other group of the gathering are accepted to have documented an application looking for remain of execution of the judgment and leave for bid.
No date has been settled for the knowing about Sheriff’s case, which was recorded on February 24, 2017. The case date is yet to be made available.
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