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PDP Issues Court Order not sack Acting Chairman, Umar Damagum

The Federal High Court in Abuja has issued a temporary restraining order that stops the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from appointing or nominating anyone to replace Umar Damagum as its Acting National Chairman until the court decides on the matter. This order was given by Justice Peter Lifu and will remain effective until a ruling is made on the lawsuit brought by Senator Umar Maina and Alhaji Zanna Gaddama.

The lawsuit, marked as FHC/ABJ/CS/579/2024, involves several defendants including the PDP, its National Working Committee, National Executive Committee, Board of Trustees, and the Independent National Electoral Commission. The court has set a hearing for the motion on notice for May 14, 2024.

The court’s directive restrains the PDP and its affiliates from recognizing anyone other than Damagum as the Acting National Chairman and from acting upon any document not signed by him. The plaintiffs have been ordered to provide a fresh undertaking to pay damages, which the court will assess, if it turns out this order should not have been granted or if the court was misled.

The ex-parte order, issued on May 3 and disclosed to the press on Wednesday, seeks to ensure that the leadership position within the PDP remains stable until the legal challenges are fully resolved. Damagum has faced several attempts to be removed from his position previously.

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