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Anxiety in Makarfi’s PDP as A’Court reserves ruling on suit against Sheriff



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The Ahmed Makarfi-led faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is apparently worried after the Court of Appeal in Abuja on Friday reserved ruling in its motion to initiate action against affirmation of Ali Modu Sheriff as Acting National Chairman of the party.

Senator Ahmed Makarfi and Senator Ben Obi, his faction’s secretary are seeking leave to appeal the June 29 decision of the Federal High Court, presided over by Justice Okon Abang, which affirmed Sheriff as chairman of the PDP, a judgement on which basis, the same Justice Abang, declared Jimoh Ibrahim PDP’s governorship candidate in Ondo State.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had also, based on those two judgments by the same judge, on Thursday, dropped Eyitayo Jegede’s name and replaced it with that of Ibrahim.

Makarfi and Obi filed their motion in the appeal CA/A/155/2016 requesting an extension of time to appeal and the leave to appeal as interested parties against the June 29 judgment.

The Makarfi-led PDP governorship candidate, Jegede also filed similar motion in his appeal numbered CA/A/155C/2016, but it was adjourned till Tuesday for hearing.

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Makarfi, Obi and Jegede are required to file the motion seeking leave since they were not parties to the suit at the Federal High Court and also had failed to appeal within the statutory 90 days at which period they should have done so.

In their motion, Makarfi and Obi had argued that their lawyer, Mr. Dayo Akinlaja (SAN), was opposed by the lawyer to the respondents, including the Biyi Poroye-led faction of the PDP in Ondo State, Alex Izinyon (SAN), on Friday.

While Poroye’s faction that produced Ibrahim as the party’s candidate is from the Sheriff faction, Jegede belongs to the Makarfi group.

After the hearing, Justice Hanatu Sanke, reserved ruling till a date to be announced later.
By Ebere Ndukwu …



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