The party charged all its members nationwide, and in Edo State in particular, to give maximum support to its flag-bearer, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, to win the September 10, 2016 Governorship Election in Edo State in order to bring the desired change Edo people deserve.
The leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called on the Inspector General of Police to immediately order the arrest and prosecution of the former National Chairman of the party, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, and Matthew Iduoriyekemwen for disobeying court judgment and charge them for contempt.
In a statement in Abuja, spokesman of the party, Dayo Adeyeye, said the purported issuance of certificate by Ali Modu Sheriff, after the judgment of Monday, July 4, 2016, was utter disobedience and disrespect to court judgment and should not be treated with levity.
He condemned in strong terms the attitude of Ali Sheriff in recent times and urged security agencies to live up to their responsibilities to stop Sheriff from bringing the judiciary to ridicule. He recalled that it was not the first time Sheriff was disobeying court judgment or order.
“We are shocked at the attitude of the former National Chairman of our great party, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, who has become an authority in the country with flagrant disobedience of the Nigerian Constitution, the Electoral Act and the PDP Constitution without being arrested or detained by security agencies. Is he above the law, if we may ask?’’ Prince Adeyeye queried.
He said Justice Abdullah Liman’s judgment on July 4, 2016, was superior to all other court rulings, ex-parte orders or interlocutory injunctions procured by Senator Sheriff and his co-travellers, noting that his reliance on Justice Okon Abang’s ruling of Thursday, June 30, 2016, was an attempt to confuse unsuspecting members of the public as he had done in the past.
“You will recall that Senator Sheriff in collaboration with some APC governors and members invaded our party secretariat on Monday June 13, 2016, laying claims to a non-existing court order. He has started again after a competent court issued a judgment upholding the decision of our National Convention in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, which constituted the PDP National Caretaker Committee to pilot the affairs of the party for 90 days, and to conduct another convention that will elect new officers of the party.
“Following this, we are calling on the Police to do the needful by arresting Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, his co-travelers and Hon. Matthew Iduoriyekemwen for disobeying court judgment.”
The party declared that the PDP had flagged-off its campaign for the governorship election in Edo State; and that the law as it stood, only recognized Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu as the authentic and only candidate of the PDP in the September 10, 2016, election.