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PDP crisis not over as Makarfi faction rejects court judgement

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End to the crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) may not have been achieved despite the ruling of the Court of Appeal, which on Friday, pronounced Senator Ali Modu Sheriff as the authentic chairman of the party.

Governors’ Forum of the party and its Board of Trustees (BoT) have vowed that Sheriff cannot lead the party.

The Court of Appeal sitting in Port Harcourt had ruled that Senator Sheriff is the authentic chairman of the PDP.

The ruling came on divided decision. While two judges of the appellant court Justice B. G. Sanga and Justice A.A. Gumel delivered judgement against the Ahmed Makarfi-led PDP, the third judge, Justice T.S Orji-Abadua, on the other hand ruled against Sheriff, who is the first appellant in the matter.

Recall that four lower courts of parallel jurisdiction had also in their rulings, before the matter was brought to the Court of Appeal, given conflicting judgements on the leadership tussle.

Justice Sanga, who gave the lead judgement, said in his ruling that PDP failed to comply with its constitution in sacking the executive of the party led by Sheriff.

He stated that a vote of confidence might be moved on any officer, but a two-month notice at least ought to be made available to the secretariat of the party for onward circulation to all members of the party.

He said, “A vote of confidence may be moved on any officer, but in doing that, a two-month notice shall be provided to the secretariat of the party, which shall also be circulated.

“The way the (Sheriff) executive on May 21, 2016, showed that the party’s constitution was not complied with.”

But reacting to the judgment which sacked Makarfi-led National Caretaker Committee of the party, PDP Governors Forum chairman and Governor of Ekiti State, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, said on behalf of other governors of the party, that PDP must appeal the judgement.

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“The outcome of the Port Harcourt Court of Appeal that reinstated Sheriff against the will of the people, is nothing but a rape of our democracy. If the people truly symbolize what a party is, then the machination of our detractors and the anti-democratic organs will not prevail at last.

“We commend the minority judgment of the lower court and we believe the truth will prevail. Thank God we have another opportunity to seek justice at the Supreme Court, which I believe will not be delayed or denied.

“The party will appeal the judgement as we believe in the ability of the judiciary to do justice. However we plead with our members, leaders and supporters to calm down as we keep hope alive. If this is a price to pay, to keep our democracy alive and opposition strengthened, we are prepared to go the whole hug,” Fayose said.

He further said that the party’a organs would meet as soon as possible to take concrete steps and decisions on the next course of action.

Like Fayose, chairman of the BoT, Senator Walid Jibrin, said the party organs have to meet and deliberate on the judgement.

He however reiterated that the governors, the BoT, and other organs of the PDP are behind Makarfi and its committee.

 

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  1. JOHNSON PETER

    February 18, 2017 at 9:06 am

    Sure, I know markafi won’t concede defeat until Supreme Court intervenes.

    • yanju omotodun

      February 18, 2017 at 9:36 am

      You are right but markafi will be the final chosen one at the Supreme Court because most influentials in pdp are behind him and even fayose is behind him as well.

      • seyi jelili

        February 18, 2017 at 9:58 am

        Sheriff has what it takes to bribe his way at the Supreme Court so forget markafi

  2. Margret Dickson

    February 18, 2017 at 9:08 am

    I knew this was going to happen, the court’s verdict has not done anything to solving the ongoing crisis in PDP. Since two factions in a political party are at war, I expected the court to tell the party to decide on a neutral parson who will serve as the authentic chairman.

  3. Margret Dickson

    February 18, 2017 at 9:47 am

    The law that brought Makarfi in as the Chairman of PDP was illegal and truly a rape to Nigeria’s democracy which should be kicked against like the court has. It is imperative to defend the law of Nigeria.

    • seyi jelili

      February 18, 2017 at 9:59 am

      Are you the rapist of the law or have you ever being raped before

  4. seyi jelili

    February 18, 2017 at 9:54 am

    Sizzling series of pdp crisis. It’s going to be a endless season movie.

  5. Animashaun Ayodeji

    February 18, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    I knew this was going to happen, the court’s verdict has not done anything to solving the ongoing crisis in PDP. Since two factions in a political party are at war, I expected the court to tell the party to decide on a neutral parson who will serve as the authentic chairman.

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