The Senator Ali Modu Sheriff led faction of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has reached out to former President Goodluck Jonathan, hoping to get him to wade into the ongoing leadership tussle within the party.
A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja upheld Senator Sheriff as National Chairman of the Party. The court, in a ruling by Justice Okon Abang, held that every action taken by the Markarfi led Committee since it emerged through a convention the party purportedly held in Port Harcourt on May 21, amounted to nullity.
Justice Abang said:
“Parties have an uncompromising duty to obey court order until it is set aside. The Lagos Division made orders on May 12 and 20, forbidding the PDP from removing the Sheriff-led Caretaker Committee. That order is still subsisting. Having regard to the order of the court, PDP had no lawful authority to hold the convention that led to the emergence of the Markafi-led Committee”.
Sheriff and his group would be meeting with Jonathan, who had deliberately stayed away from partisan politics since his defeat in the last presidential election.
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It was also reported that there was a closed-door peace meeting held yesterday in Abuja between Senator Buruji Kashamu and Senator Sheriff which sought to end the PDP Crisis and ensure peace with Ahmed Makarfi-led Caretaker Committee.
Responding to newsmen, Dr. Cairo Ojugbo, a member of the Sheriff faction, said:
“Yes, the immediate past President is from my zone, the South-South and he is one of my leaders, I respect him, I love his candor. I love him as a human being and yes I have been in contact with him and he is also equally looking for a balanced position. He is man that every Nigerian loves.”
“What Sheriff has said and he has repeated it before everybody, is let Makarfi and his group step down. I will step down and will join and nominate persons to conduct the convention which is what a gentleman can do. And now he said look anybody who goes to Port Harcourt is on his own because he knows what the Emperor of Ikwere would do.”
He further said though Sheriff was not averse to making peace with the Makarfi group, he would not be doing so on the terms set by state governors.