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PDP Crisis: Justice Okon Abang Adjourns Suit indefinitely

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has adjourned indefinitely the lawsuit on the leadership tussle rocking the Peoples Democratic Party.

Justice Okon Abang gave the ruling on Thursday. Justice Abang’s decision was to enable the Court of Appeal hear and enter its verdict in an appeal filed by Senator Ahmed Makarfi’s faction of the political party challenging his ruling querying the legality of his leadership status in the PDP.

Meanwhile, both warring factions in the main opposition party in Nigeria have been progressing with peace talks which foretells an out of court settlement.
It would be recalled that the former Governor of Borno State, Ali Modu Sheriff, had approached the High Court to challenge the decision of the party to appoint Ahmed Makarfi, a former Governor of Kaduna State, as chairman of the caretaker committee to organise the party’s convention.

Abang, who presided over the matter, had in a previous ruling held that the Makarfi-led caretaker committee was a product of impunity and nullified the convention that produced the caretaker committee.

The faction led by Makarfi appealed the ruling and questioned the jurisdiction of Abang’s court in the matter. The appeal is yet to be decided by the Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal.

However, at the resumed hearing on Thursday, Abang blasted the Makarfi-led faction for going to a higher court, while its grievances had not been heard by the Federal High Court.

He further added that given the development, he would not be able to go on with the matter since the case is already on appeal.


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