PDP Leadership Tussle: Supreme Court Declares Markafi National Chairman

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The Supreme Court has declared Ahmed Makarfi the authentic National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The 3-man Supreme Court panel led by Justice Olabode Rhodes-Vivour in the judgement ruled that Senator Ali-Modu Sheriff ceases to be the party’s national chairman and ordered Ahmed Makarfi to take over the leadership of the party.

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It would be recalled that the Supreme Court had in May dismissed the application by Senator Modu Sheri, against his rival, Senator Ahmed Makar requesting the court  to stop the Supreme Court from hearing the appeal earlier led by Senator Makar on March 16, challenging the February 27 ruling of the Court of Appeal in Port Harcourt, which declared him, the legitimate National Chairman of the party.

Both men have been at loggerheads since May 21, 2016, when Senator Ali Modu Sheriff was purportedly removed at the party’s convention held in Port Harcourt.

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While the Makarfi faction enjoyed the support of most of the organs of the PDP, the Sheriff faction was declared the authentic leadership by the Court of Appeal.

In February, Senator Sheriff officially resumed work at the national secretariat of the party.

Mr. Sheriff’s lawyer, Akin Olujimi, had argued that the application was an abuse of court process because Mr. Makar ought to have requested the leave of court before making the application.

He also argued that the Makari’s faction was not recognized by the party and that he (Sheriff) as the legitimate chairman did not authorise anyone to led an appeal on behalf of the party.

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But the Supreme Court in its ruling read by the Chief Justice of the Federation Justice Walter Onnoghen, said, according to the laws of the apex court, appeals must be led within three months after the appeal court ruling and the application in question was so led and as such is deemed led.

The court thus gave a unanimous ruling in favour of the Makar faction and awarded an unstated fine against the faction led by Mr. Sheriff.

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