MINNA HIGH COURT OVERRULES DAKA SHAN, ORS

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A High Court sitting in Minna, Niger State presided over by a vacation judge, Justice Binta Bawa has today, 26th August 2021 nullified all the processes that brought in the factional executives of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) in Niger State led by Tanko Beji.

The judge in her enrolled order, in the case, brought up before her, against the trio of Theophilus Daka Shan, (the North Central zonal Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party), Chief Maurice Tsaf, (the North Central zonal Secretary of the PDP) and Emmanuel Ibrahim Ijah, (the party’s zonal Treasurer), illegitimated every activity of the PDP’ North Central Committee activities in Niger state including the convocation of the party’s state Congress last July.

An interlocutory injunction issued by the judge said the defendants, (the trio) had under the time allowed for them as caretaker committee members, their functions as party’s zonal officials in the Niger State PDP chapter had ended with the expiry of their committee’s tenure.

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The trio as a caretaker committee should not act or present themselves as such for any function in that capacity in Niger State since 21st, May 2021.

The judge noted that since the tenure of the party’s Caretaker Committee for Niger State had expired since 21st May 2021, and same had not been renewed or extended by the PDP’s National Working Committee or the National Executive Committee of the party, the Caretaker Committee had ceased to exist from the date of the expiry of its mandate.

The judge, therefore, gave an order of interlocutory injunction declaring that the tenure of the Caretaker Committee for the PDP in Niger State headed by Theophilus Daka Shan had statutorily expired by the expulsion of time since on 21st, May 2021.

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In issuing the order, the court ruled that an injunction restraining the party’s three zonal committee, (the defendants) had been barred from parading themselves as a caretaker committee of the party and should not have functioned as such from the date of the expiration of the committee’s mandate in Niger State.

The Court added that since the tenure of the caretaker committee for the PDP in Niger State had expired since 21st, May 2021, the caretaker committee had by that stipulated time been expelled statutorily it was wrong for the defendants to have acted in any capacity or organised or held any meeting or gathering under the auspices of the party in Niger State.

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By implications, any activity done or executed by the caretaker committee in Niger State anytime outside its stipulated tenure is voided.

The caretaker committee had last month gone ahead to hold a caucus meeting with a select group and organized a party congress participated by a faction of the party membership.

Technically, the enrolled order of the Court has knocked off everything done by the caretaker committee from the date its mandate in Niger State expired including the purported Congress that brought in a so-called party executives in the State.
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