The faction loyal to defunct Senator Ali Modu Sheriff faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is yet to decide whether to remain in the party or dump it following the ruling of the Supreme Court.
The apex court had last week settled the long-drawn leadership crisis in the party when it ruled that Makarfi’s is the authentic national chairman.
Justice Bode Rhodes-Vivour who read the lead verdict validated the PDP National Convention held in Port Harcourt on May 21, 2016, where the Sheriff-led National Executive Committee was dissolved. He said the convention was not conducted in disobedience to any court order.
Also, the apex court accused Sheriff of engaging in forum shopping, saying he “displayed infantile desperation to cling to office at all cost”.
Speaking on Sunday in Warri, Delta State, deputy chairman of the Sheriff faction, Dr. Cairo Ojougboh, said they still remain PDP members, but also added that they await the receipt of the Supreme Court judgement for their lawyers to study and advise them on the appropriate action to take.
Ojougboh’s statement came on the heels of insinuations that Sheriff and his supporters may dump PDP following the Supreme Court judgement that sacked him as the party’s national chairman.
He made the statement soon after a meeting with members loyal to the PDP former chairman in the state.
Ojouigbo called on party members loyal to Sheriff in Delta State to go back to their local government areas and wards and continue to work as faithful members of PDP while they await directive from the former executive of the party.
The PDP leader, reinstated by the Supreme Court, Senator Makarfi was learnt to have said that it will not be a thing of surprise to hear that Sheriff has returned to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
How faithful Sheriff and his supporters are to the party as claimed by the faction’s leaders would be seen during PDP’s meeting slated to hold in Abuja Monday (today) and Tuesday(tomorrow).
Already, stories making the round suggest that the National Working Committee of the sacked Sheriff faction have concluded plans not to attend the meeting.
Expected at the meeting are former Presidents and Vice-Presidents, PDP governors, National Executive Committee members, Board of Trustees members, National Assembly members, former PDP governors, former PDP ministers and all former national officers of the party.
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