It is confirmed that the Police have closed down the venue for the Peoples Democratic Party-PDP convention in Port Harcourt.
Its was learnt that the police stormed Sharks Stadium, the venue for the national convention at about 4am Wednesday following the Abuja Court’s order that the convention should not hold, barring police and Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from the event.
According to News Agency of Nigeria, security operatives have prevented delegates and journalists from entering the convention venue.
When contacted, the Police Public Relation Office of Rivers State, Nnamdi Omoni, confirmed it saying “Yes, we have (sealed off) the place. We are just obeying the court instruction.”
But the police PRO did not comment on the second injunction by the Federal High Court in Port Harcourt which said the party can go ahead with the convention, saying he did not know what that meant.
Therefore there are two conflicting injunctions on the PDP convention; one approving and the other suspending it.
Reacting to the circumstance, Mr Donald Awunah, the Force Public Relation Officer, said the primary duty of police was to prevent crisis and protect life. He said this on Sunrise Daily on Channels TV, that due to disparity trailing the rulings of the Courts, the police thought it wise to secure the venue of the convention and seal it.
He advised the warring parties to in the PDP to follow due process through courts . He added that police was only doing their duty, maintaining superior court order and not taking sides.
When asked on the next move the police would embark on, Mr Awunah said, “If in the next one hour or two, we get another court order, we will take action. We are there for every Nigerian but when you are the first responder, you have to take action, you have to be proactive.”