Sheriff loses as Supreme Court reinstates Makarfi as PDP chairman

Sheriff loses as Supreme Court reinstates Makarfi as PDP chairman
July 12 21:18 2017

The Supreme Court, on Wednesday, reinstated Ahmed Markarfi as the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party.

The apex court therefore sacked Senator Ali Modu Sheriff-led National Working Committee.

In an unanimous decision by a five-man panel of Justices, read by Justice Bode Rhodes-Vivour, the court validated the National Convention PDP held in Port Harcourt on May 21, 2016, where the Sheriff led National Executive Committee, NEC, was dissolved.

He said the convention was not conducted in disobedience to any court order. The apex court accused Sheriff of engaging in forum shopping, saying he “displayed infantile desperation to cling to office at all cost”.

The court awarded a cost of N200, 000 each, against Sheriff and Prof. Wale Oladipo who acted as National Secretary of the party under him.

Judgement of the apex court brought to an end a protracted leadership crisis that rocked the oppostion party.

Other members of the panel are, Justices Onnoghen, Tanko Muhammad, Kayode Ariwoola and Dattijo Muhammad.

While Ahmed Makarfi was present in court with a large retinue of loyalists of his faction, including Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State and Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, ‎Sheriff was absent from court