Justice Okon Abang, of a Federal High Court, in Abuja on Tuesday re-affirmed his Monday’s interim order stopping the Peoples Docratic Party from going ahead with its plan to conduct its national convention slated for Wednesday.
The judge on Tuesday turned the interim order into an interlocutory injunction that will subsist till the time the substantive suit is heard and determined.
He adjourned the hearing of the case till September 7, and gave a stern warning to the Chairman and Secretary of the Independent National Electoral Commission, not to monitor the planned convention.
The judge, who faulted the decision of the Port Harcourt Division of the Federal High Court to assume jurisdiction on the case relating to the PDP convention, also directed that his order be endorsed with Form 48 (Notice of disobedience of court order) and served on the INEC chairman and secretary.
He said failure by INEC or any of the defendants to comply with his order “will attract disciplinary action” provided “the plaintiffs know what to do.”
He made the order after the plaintiffs, comprising the factional National Chairman of the PDP, Ali Modu Sheriff and others, moved their motion praying for the interlocutory order on Tuesday.
The judge held that the motion was not opposed as the respondents, including members of Ahmed Makarfi-led caretaker committee of the party, failed to file a counter-affidavit opposing the motion.
He said the Makarfi-led caretaker committee members who were only on Tuesday joined as the third to the ninth respondents adopted strategy of not filing counter-affidavit but other processes that were not found in the court file.
“They must sink and float with their legal strategy,” the judge ruled.