Six chief judges summoned over conflicting orders in PDP crisis


The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Ibrahim Muhammad has summoned six Chief judges over the conflicting court orders issued in the leadership tussle rocking the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

The affected judges are that of Rivers, Kebbi, Cross River, Anambra, Jigawa and Imo states.

Justice Okogbule Gbasam of Rivers High Court based on a prayer by four plaintiffs barred Prince Uche Secondus from parading himself as PDP chairman.

Three days later, Justice Nusirat Umar of Kebbi State in Birnin Kebbi, gave a stay of execution order of the Rivers State High Court’s injunction.

The following day, Justice Edem Kooffreh of Cross Rivers State restored the order by the Rivers State High Court in an ex-parte ruling, to which the CJN has reacted to the conflicting injunctions of the courts of concurrent jurisdiction by summoning the chief judges of states where the ex parte injunctions emanated from.

In a statement his media Ahuraka Yusuf Isah issued, Mohammed said, “My attention has been drawn to media reports to the effect that some courts of coordinate jurisdiction were granting conflicting ex-parte orders on the same subject matter.

 “It has become expedient for me to invite you for a detailed briefing on the development.

“This is even more compelling having regard to earlier NJC warning to judicial officers on the need to be circumspect in granting ex-parte applications.”

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