Supreme Court sacks Sheriff, installs Makarfi as PDP chairman

Judith Bessette
Julho 12, 2017

The Supreme Court has removed Ali Modu Sheriff as the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party.

In May 2017, the court had struck out an appeal by Sheriff to prevent it from hearing Makarfi's appeal which he filed after the Appeal Court declared Sheriff the authentic chairman of the party in February.

The five-man panel reached an unanimous decision on Wednesday, July 12, 2017 to put an end to the leadership crisis that rocked the party since May 21, 2016 when it attempted to remove Sheriff as chairman.

The leadership battle between two senators Ali Modu Sheriff and Ahmed Makarfi for about two years now, has left the PDP, which held power and controlled Nigeria's political landscape for 16 years, between 1999 and 2015, nearly a shadow of itself.

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It held that the convention acted rightly and not in breach of any aspect of the PDP's constitution by setting up the Senator Makarfi-led National Caretaker Committee.

A statement by Chinwe I. Nnorom Admin Head, Publicity Division of the Makarfi-led group said the judgment would be delivered at Supreme Court of Nigeria premises, FCT, Abuja by 9:00am.

However the Makafi led faction of the party had vowed to approach the Apex Court. It gives us hope that we will have our day in the Supreme Court.

Makarfi had once said that except the ruling of the appellant court is reversed by the Supreme Court that the PDP will no longer be known as it is known presently.

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