PDP crisis: NJC commences investigation of Justice Okon Abang, two others

Justice Okon Abang
Justice Okon Abang

The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Mahmud Mohammed, has said that the National Judicial Council is currently investigating cases of contrasting judgements emanating from courts of coordinate jurisdiction.

Mr. Mohammed stated this at the swearing in of New Senior Advocates of Nigeria in Abuja.

Cases of conflicting judgements increased recently with the leadership tussle in the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP witnessing contrasting judgements from three Federal High Courts, FHCs, in Lagos, Rivers, and Abuja.

On May 12, a FHC in Lagos ordered the PDP to refrain from conducting election into its national offices at a meeting that was to be held in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

But shortly before the date of the said meeting on May 21, the PDP received a different judgement from another FHC in Port Harcourt allowing the conference to continue.

Armoured Personnel Carriers from the Anti-Terrorism Squad from the Police Base 3 in Rivers Barricading the access to the Sharks Stadium, Venue of the PDP National Convention in Port Harcourt. (17/8/16)
Armoured Personnel Carriers from the Anti-Terrorism Squad from the Police Base 3 in Rivers Barricading the access to the Sharks Stadium, Venue of the PDP National Convention in Port Harcourt. (17/8/16)

After the meeting on May 25, two FHCs in Lagos and Port Harcourt gave conflicting judgements allowing and nullifying the proceeding of the conference, at the same time.

Then on August 15, Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court in Abuja gave an order suspending a planned national convention of the PDP on August 17, after the Port Harcourt branch of the same court gave an order compelling the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC and the police to ensure the conduct of the convention.

Mr. Abang nullified the May 21 gathering of the party, where the caretaker committee chaired by Mr. Makarfi was elected. The judge ruled that the decision of senator Ben Obi whose application gave birth to the May 9 ruling of the Port Harcourt court was illegal.

According to Mr. Abang, Mr. Obi’s decision to approach the court of coordinate jurisdiction amounted to a slap on the face of his court.

Ali Modu Sheriff
Ali Modu Sheriff

The court rulings fuelled rival camps in the PDP, with a faction loyal to former Borno State governor, Ali-Modu Sheriff, appearing with his lawyers different from that of Mr. Makarfi in a PDP case in court.

Both factions claimed to be representing the PDP chairman.

Responding to comments by leaders of the judicial officers at the event, the Chief Justice said the cases of contrasting judgements were already before the National Judicial Council and that disciplinary actions will be taken.

“Let me say before the court stands that the case of courts of coordinate jurisdiction giving conflicting judgements will be addressed.

“All the judge’s involved are being investigated and action will be taken accordingly,” he said.

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  • vagabonds in power

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  • ericdwise

    Okon abang should leave the bench!!!

  • Burning Spear

    The double face of Nigeria–is now out for all to see—–around the globe————That dirty smelly two timing regional face of the fake pillars that were used by Lord Lugard to erect the country called Nigeria———–We are just wasting time————–as a Nation—with each other————-Abang was hailed by all those Apes in APC, now calling for his head—-when he said the Abia state–governor should quit his seat——————-that INEC should issue a certuifica of return to the agent of the Apes in APC————–Then came another verdict from a High Court in Abia state————–So d elected governor simply refused to go—-AS A RESULT OF THAT PRONOUNCEMENT–from a court in Abia state–That judge from Abia state hih court, was called names by the fake SANS we have in 9ja——-from Falana to Sagay the Itsekiri war Lord in Aso rock————-But when the PDP got theirs from a Fulani Judge in Rivers state————Bingo Buhari the dog———and the Apes in APC hailed it—————-ABANG the mumu judge from the SS, was vilified to almost the point of death–Now the court that is being presided over the main crooks from the Fulani North–in Pitakwa—-and who have been giving conflicting verdicts to the PDP agents among the Apes in APC–including those often hired by EFCC—to pose as directors of firms——————–are being beatified for Sainthood by Bingo Buhari the dog——One Nation 3 laws———–Those judges and Generals from the SS—- being used by the Fulanis and Yorubas—to misdirect the thoughts of the people of the Niger Delta in the SS——————-will always be shamed by their pay masters the Fulanis———when they finish using them————————————————————–no matter how long——-the waiting will last——-they will all go the way of the Abangs from Akwa Ibom state-who foolishly think they can be hired to destroy the foundation of the SS——–unaware freedom is our goal Not the rule of the Fulnis and Yorubas——————————-animals

  • Burning Spear

    The double face of Nigeria–is now out for all to see—–around the globe————That dirty smelly two timing regional face of the fake pillars that were used by Lord Lugard to erect the country called Nigeria———–We are just wasting time————–as a Nation—with each other————-Abang was hailed by all those Apes in APC, now calling for his head—-when he said the Abia state–governor should quit his seat——————-that INEC should issue a certificate of return to the agent of the Apes in APC————–Then came another verdict from a High Court in Abia state————–So d elected governor simply refused to go—-AS A RESULT OF THAT PRONOUNCEMENT–from a court in Abia state–That judge from Abia state high court, was called all sorts of names by the fake SANS we have in 9ja——-From Falana to Sagay the Itsekiri war Lord in Aso rock————-But when the PDP got theirs from a Fulani Judge in Rivers state————Bingo Buhari the dog———and the Apes in APC hailed it——–as a wiswe decision——–ABANG the mumu judge from the SS, was vilified to almost the point of death–Now the court that is being presided over the main crooks from the Fulani North–in Pitakwa-Rivers state—and who have been giving conflicting verdicts to the PDP agents among the Apes in APC–including those often hired by EFCC—to pose as directors of firms—————those ones—–are being beatified for Sainthood by Bingo Buhari the dog—That is 9ja 4 u!!!!—One Nation 3 laws———–Those ëmpty headed judges and Generals from the SS—- being used by the Fulanis and Yorubas—to misdirect the thoughts of the people of the Niger Delta in the SS——————-will always be shamed by their pay masters the Fulanis———when they finish using them————————————————————–no matter how long——-the waiting will last——-they will all go the way of the Abangs from Akwa Ibom state-who foolishly think they can be hired to destroy the foundation of the SS——–unaware freedom is our goal———— Not the rule of the Fulanis and Yorubas——————————-animals

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      • Es3

        I saw her (Aisha Buhari’s) picture with the watch in question, now let Nigerians regurgitate again the lies they were told and willfully swallowed that has landed Nigeria and Nigerians where they are today!

  • paul irumundomon

    They so many law schools, the laws are thought in these schools differently, the world is laughing at them all.