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PDP Wants Sheriff Arrested Over Certificate Of Return To Iduoriyekwemwen

Ibrahim Mantu, former Deputy Senate President (right); Prof. Tunde Adeniran, former Minister of Education (middle), and Prof. Jerry Gana, former Minister of Information, during Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) parallel convention staged by Concerned members of the party in Abuja on Saturday. Photo: Jide Oyekunle.
Posted: Jul 7, 2016 at 6:28 am   /   by   /   comments (1)

Rotimi Akinwumi

 Abuja – The caretaker committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called on the authorities of the Nigeria police to immediately arrest and prosecute the factional national chairman of the party, Ali Modu-Sheriff, for disobedience to court order.

According to the caretaker committee, the presentation of certificate of return to  Hon. Matthew Iduoriyekemwen by Modu-Sheriff on Tuesday was a disregard to court judgment as delivered by a Federal High Court in Port-Harcourt on Monday, in which Modu-Sheriff’s claim to party chairmanship was finally thrown away by the court.

The committee in a statement issued by Prince Dayo Adeyeye, member in charge of publicity, said the action of Modu-Sheriff and Hon Iduoriyekemwen is a contempt of court which should naturally attract severe punishment.

Prince Adeyeye said the action of Ali Modu-Sheriff in issuing a certificate of return to Hon. Matthew Iduoriyekemwen after the judgment of Monday, July 4, 2016 is utter disobedience and disrespect to court judgment and should not be treated with levity.

The party insisted that the Tuesday action of Modu-Sheriff is a continuation of his disregard for court which he has consistently done.

“We are shocked at the attitude of the former national chairman of our great party, Senator Ali Modu-Sheriff, who has become an authority in the country with flagrant disobedience of the Nigerian constitution, the Electoral Act and the PDP constitution without being arrested or detained by security agencies. Is he above the law? If we may ask”, Prince Adeyeye queried.

The party said Justice Abdullah Mohammed Liman’s judgment on July 4, 2016 is superior to all other court rulings, ex parte orders or interlocutory injunctions procured by Senator Modu-Sheriff and his co-travelers, saying that his reliance on Justice Okon Abang’s ruling of Thursday, June 30, 2016 is an attempt to confuse unsuspecting members of the public as he has done in previous times.

“You will recall that Senator Sheriff in collaboration with some APC governors and members invaded our party secretariat on Monday, June 13, 2016 laying claims to a non-existing court order; and he has started again after a competent court issued a judgment upholding the decision of our national convention in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, which constituted the PDP National Caretaker Committee to pilot the affairs of the party for 90 days, and to conduct another convention that will elect new officers of the party.

“Following this, we are calling on the police to do the needful by arresting Senator Ali Modu-Sheriff, his co-travelers and Hon. Matthew Iduoriyekemwen for disobeying court judgment”.

The party declared that the PDP has flagged-off its campaign for the gubernatorial election in Edo State and that the law as it stands only recognises Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu as the authentic and only candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the September 10, 2016 Election in the state.

The PDP charges all its members nationwide and in Edo State in particular to give maximum support to its flag-bearer, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, to win the September 10, 2016 gubernatorial election in Edo State “in order to bring the desired change the Edo people deserve”.

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