Cross River ward congresses: Maintain status quo, Court orders PDP

A Cross River state High court sitting in Calabar has ordered that status quo ante be maintained in the disputed state PDP ward Congresses list.

The state chapter of the party had gone to court praying it to restrain the national leadership of the party from acting on any list except one submitted by the Cross River PDP in relation to the recently conducted ward and local government congresses in the state.

The court gave the order Thursday in a ruling delivered by the acting state Chief Judge, Justice Maurice Eneji.

The restraining order effectively stops the national leadership of the PDP from recognising and inaugurating persons not endorsed by the Cross River state chapter of the party as ward and local government chapter leaders.

According to the court, "an order of interim injunction is here by granted the 4th respondent from inaugurating persons other than the claimants, particularly those listed in the letter with ref.No.PDP/DOM/GF.Vol/2/20-387B of 26/2/2020 as elected officers of the 1st Defendants/ Respondent at the wards or local government levels of Cross River state except the claimants"

The court then directed " the Defendants, their agents, privies and servants, to maintain the status quo and refrain from taking taking any step in respect of the 1st Defendant/Respondent in Cross River state, pending the hearing and determination of motion on notice in this suit"

The case has been adjourned to 28 May, 2020 to enable the claimants serve court process on the Defendants not residing in the state.

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