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Friday, 17 February 2017

Port Harcourt Ruling: Ali Modu Sheriff Faction Wins At Appeal Court

The Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt has on Friday, ruled that the caretaker committee headed by Senator Ahmed Makarfi is illegal and cannot act on behalf of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Makarfi faction promised to appeal the judgment! The court set aside the judgement delivered by Justice Mohammed Liman of the Federal High Court in Rivers State who recognized former Kaduna State governor, Ahmed Makarfi as the leader of the party.

Messrs. Sheriff and Makarfi lead separate factions of the PDP, Nigeria’s major opposition party.
Two of the Judges in a three-man panel, thereby ruled in favour of the Ali-Modu Sheriff faction.

The court nullified the preliminary objection raised by Justice Liman and the judgement was set aside.

The Ali-Modu Sheriff faction, was dissolved by some leaders of the party at a national convention held in Port Harcourt in 2016.

It was the outcome of the convention that led to the intense legal battle.

The party has been thrown into series of court cases in several courts in the country raising concerns over the possibility of two factions.

Friday’s judgement may however, be putting a temporary rest to the crisis rocking the party until a redress is sought in the highest court.

Agents Of Darkness

This is coming barely 48 hours after Ali Modu Sheriff took his farmiliarisation tour to Delta state, where he held a town hall meeting with party members in Agbor.

The meeting formed a part of his tour to all the states in the south-south and southeast, with the aim of fostering unity in the party.


In 2016, the PDP had described the faction of the party as “agents of darkness“, insisting that the former Governor of Borno State, is not the Chairman of the party.

The PDP stated that the ‘group’, which it described as non-PDP members, had in A statement tried to sustain it’s illegal claim to the leadership of the Party, but insisted that it would not leave them to continue to deceive Nigerians.

It further urged its loyal members to keep the faith as the Appellate Courts would do justice to the various appeals pending before it, at the appropriate time “to put an end to the antics of these enemies of progress masquerading as members of our Party”.


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