There are indications that the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) intended convention may be obstructed as the Nigerian Police has sealed off the venue of the planned National Convention of the political party in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.
The action by the security agent follows the ruling of a Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday barring the PDP from holding the convention.
Justice Okong Abang ruling in a motion filed by a factional chairman of the party, Ali-Modu Sheriff also restrained the Inspector General of Police and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from supervising or monitoring the planned convention pending the determination of the substantive suit.
Before the ruling by the Abuja court, a Federal High Court in Port Harcourt had given a clear call for the convention to go ahead.
Ruling on a motion filed by the convention planning committee, Justice Ibrahim Walifa stated that the party’s National Convention Planning Committee was duly constituted and that the convention stands valid.
Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Nnamdi Omoni, confirmed this to PREMIUM TIMES, Wednesday morning when he says “Yes, we have (sealed off) the place, we are just obeying the court instruction.”
When reminded that there were two conflicting court judgments on the party convention, Mr. Omoni responded, “I don’t know what you are talking about”.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that security operatives have denied delegates, journalists entry into the stadium.
A Court in Abuja had ordered the suspension of the convention, barring police and electoral officials from the event.
Another Federal High Court in Port Harcourt had earlier ordered the PDP to go ahead with the convention.