Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike, has insisted that the 2016 Peoples Democratic Party National Convention will hold Saturday, in Port Harcourt, the capital of the state, despite a court order obtained by a faction of PDP against it.
Mr. Wike, who is the chairman of the convention planning committee, said, Friday, in Port Harcourt, that there were two conflicting court orders on the conduct of the convention, but that the PDP lawyers have filed a stay of execution processes, and have also appealed against both orders.
The party has not disobeyed any subsisting order, Mr. Wike said, while briefing journalists.
He was surrounded by the governors of Akwa Ibom, Abia, and Ebonyi states, namely, Udom Emmanuel, Okezie Ikpeazu, and David Umahi respectively, and the Senate Minority Leader, Godswill Akpabio.
Mr. Wike said “under legal procedures, once a court order is timeously challenged, an affected party cannot be said to have disobeyed any order”.
He said the Port Harcourt convention was the only one recognized by law, since, according to him, the party has observed all the necessary legal steps.
Besides, the governor said the Port Harcourt convention was approved by all the organs of PDP.
The parallel convention being talked about has no place in the party structure, as it has no connection to the legally constituted organs of the party, the governor said.
“INEC has already recognised this convention and it will be in Port Harcourt to observe the convention as required by law.
“All our 12 elected governors, national assembly members, state assembly members and key leaders are already in Port Harcourt for the convention,” he said.