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PDP 'Court judgment against convention a "black market" ruling,' Party says

Justice Abang had on Monday suspended the party's national convention scheduled to take place on August 17, in Port Harcourt.

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The Lagos State Chapter of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has described the judgement of justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court in Abuja, which stopped the party's forthcoming convention, as a "black market" ruling.

Speaking in Lagos on Tuesday, August 16, the Deputy State Chairman of the party, Chief Ola Apena urged the National Judicial Council (NJC) to put in place measures to prevent courts from delivering conflicting judgments.

Justice Abang had yesterday, Monday, August 16, suspended the party's National Convention scheduled to take place on August 17, in Port Harcourt, River State.

However, Prior to the Monday's judgement, a Federal High Court in Port Harcourt had ordered the PDP to proceed with the convention as scheduled without hindrance.

Apena said: "Our position is that some of these court houses make themselves a willing tool in the hands of some of these people who are fast in purchasing black market injunction and all the rest.

"So, if the judiciary will not put its house in order, then they would want to make themselves a subject of ridicule.

"If two courts of coordinate jurisdiction give contradicting judgments then, you are giving the litigant the freedom to choose which one suits him.

"I was expecting that some internal mechanism to prevent what happened yesterday could have been done.

"I believe that the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court can consolidate all cases involving the party in one particular court; but, what is happening is just putting the judiciary to a kind of ridicule.''

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He argued that with the two contradicting judgments, the Ahmed Makarfi faction will go with the Port Harcourt judgment, while the Ali Modu Sheriff faction would hang on to the Abuja judgment, which technically means that none of the parties is bridging any law.

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