A fresh crisis may be brewing in the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, as the Restart PDP Group has filed a suit, asking a Federal High Court in Abuja to stop the party’s national convention billed for May 21, until the PDP membership register is computerised in line with section 8(11) of the party’s constitution.
Two members of the party, Engineer Nwosu Emmanuel and Mr. Eze Chuks Silas who filed the suit on March 8, are also asking the court to order the party’s national chairman, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff and other members of the National Working Committee, NWC, to vacate their offices by the end of March.
The plaintiffs are asking the court to “restrain the 1st defendant, PDP, and all its organs from conducting party congresses and the 2016 national convention, pending the computerisation of the party membership register, as stipulated in Section 8(11) of the party’s constitution.
Section 8(11) of PDP Constitution says: “The party membership register shall be computerised to ensure control and to avoid fraud, and all ward registers shall be closed one month to congresses.”
According to a copy of the originating summons with suit number Cv/1174/16, Engr Emmanuel and Silas are the plaintiff while PDP, Sheriff and the NWC are the 1st, 2nd and 3rd defendants respectively.
The PDP National Executive Committee, NEC, had recently approved May 21, as official date for the party’s convention to be held in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, as proposed by the Sheriff-led NWC.