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PDP Crisis Worsens as Federal High Court Sacks Ahmed Makarfi, Declares Every Action He has taken Illegal

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Ahmed Makarfi (L) and Ali Modu Sheriff (R)

Ahmed Makarfi (L) and Ali Modu Sheriff (R)

A Federal High Court in Abuja has endorsed the appointment of Ali Modu Sheriff as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Chairman.

Delivering the ruling, Justice Okon Abang declared that the party’s national convention in Port Harcourt was illegal.

Abang also declared as illegal, every action of the party’s caretaker committee led by Ahmed Makarfi which was appointed during the convention.

According to DAILYPOST, Abang said:

Parties have an uncompromising duty to obey court order until it is set aside. The Lagos Division made orders on May 12 and 20, forbidding the PDP from removing the Sheriff-led Caretaker Committee. That order is still subsisting.

Having regard to the order of the court, PDP had no lawful authority to hold the convention that led to the emergence of the Makarfi-led Committee.

The convention was unlawfully held and the Caretaker Committee was unlawfully and illegally appointed and could not take any legal decision for the PDP in view of the subsisting order of the Lagos Division of this court.

Consequently, any action taken by the Makarfi-led Committee, including the purported mandate for legal representation in this matter is hereby declared illegal.

If the Makarfi-led Caretaker Committee, as apostles of impunity, missed their way to the Port Harcourt division of this court, that court could not have conveniently assumed jurisdiction to set aside the earlier decision of the Lagos Division.

I hold that the Port Harcourt division of this court cannot make an order to neutralise the potency of the Lagos Division of this court dated 12 and 20 May.

Ali Modu Sheriff is the National Chairman of the PDP. Any decision not taken by the Sheriff-led Committee is not binding on the PDP.

1 Comment

  1. yemite

    July 29, 2016 at 8:25 am

    Pls can any1 tell me how some Nigerian justice gt d licence. Nigerian lawyer dey ar making Nigeria law 2b sick. Imagine jst 8 number of people over ruled on many body, and if not selfishness of sheriff, if majority said dey don’t want u then live d post 4dem. If at all it wil end regrettable then let them dance 2dre music. Can’t u b a good leader jst like Goodluck Jonathan? Bcos majority who go against him now dey ar dancing 2d music. And we ar waitn 4 2019. May God let me witness it.

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