The National Judicial Council, NJC, has cleared Justice Okon Abang, formerly of the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court of allegations of misconduct levelled against him with respect to the judgement delivered against the Senator Ahmed Makarfi faction of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP.
In a letter dated 15th March, 2017, and signed by its Secretary, Mr. Danladi Halilu, the NJC said it found no merit in the petition against the Judge.
The council also said that it deliberated on the petition at its meeting held on February 23, 2017 and found no merit in the petitions, adding that the council decided to dismiss the petitions after Justice Abang reacted to it. Justice Abang had on July 29, 2016 declared as illegal, the Ahmed Makarfi-led Caretaker Committee of the national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party.
The judge ruled that the Makarfi-faction was illegal because it was a product of the party’s convention which held on May 21 in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, in defiance of an earlier order of Justice Ibrahim Buba of the Lagos Division of the Federal High Court, which had stopped the said convention from holding.