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Ahmed Makarfi PDP Leader not Ali Modu Sheriff – Supreme Court

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Makarfi PDP Leader, not Sheriff - Supreme Court

Pic.1. Caretaker committee chairman of PDP, Sen. Ahmed Makarfi speaking to newsmen after Supreme Court sitting in Abuja on Wednesday (12/7/17) sacked the National Chairman of the opposition of the, Sen. Ali Modu Sheriff. With him are Sen. Ben Obi (L) and Rep. Jones Onyereri.
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The Supreme Court of Nigeria on Wednesday declared Ahmed Makarfi as the National Leader of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

The court, giving the ruling, sacked Ali Modu Sheriff, stating that the Makarfi-led committee is the authentic leadership of the party.

The Makarfi-led caretaker committee of the party had on March 16, filed the appeal against Sheriff’s position.

The Court of Appeal in Port Harcourt on February 27 declared Sheriff as the legitimate national chairman of the party.

However, in its judgment, Justice Bode Rhodes Vivour held that the appeal had merit.

The presiding Justice further held that the National Convention of the party held on May 21, 2016 was validly convened in line with the party’s constitution.

“Sets of documentary evidence before the court have shown that Sheriff’s appointment as acting chairman of the party ended with the resolution from the convention. The National Conventions of Political Parties are the supreme organs which control every other organs of the party. In the light of this, the highest organ of the party did not breach any laws by dissolving the national executive committee headed by Sheriff at that convention,’’ he said.

According to the court, the appointment of Makarfi-led caretaker committee is in line with the constitution of the party.

“The caretaker committee of the PDP led by Senator Ahmed Makarfi is hereby affirmed as the authentic national leadership of the party. The judgment of the Court of Appeal, Port Harcourt Division delivered on Feb.27 is hereby set aside,’’ he held.

The panel also awarded N250,000 cost against Sheriff.

Governors Nyesom Wike of Rivers, Ayo Fayose of Ekiti and former governor of Kano State, Ibrahim Shekarau attended the session.

Many party faithfuls and chieftains including Markafi, Senator Ben Obi, Bode George, Dayo Adeyeye, Professor Jerry Gana, among others were also present in court.

Pic.3. From left: Chief Dubem Onyia; Chief Olabode George, Sen. Ben Obi and Caretaker Committee Chairman of PDP, Sen. Ahmed Makarfi, at the Supreme Court sitting in Abuja on Wednesday (12/7/17). The court sacked the National Chairman of the opposition PDP, Sen. Ali Modu Sheriff and declared Makarfi as authentic leader of the party.
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Punch reports that the Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu, commenting on the ruling, said that the victory is a collective one for the party, and there is no victor or vanquished.

He said:

I am happy that the Supreme Court has brought this protracted leadership tussle to an end today. There is no victor and there is no vanquished, but a collective victory for our party and the nation’s democracy. No democracy can prosper in the absence of a virile opposition or under the extreme hardship Nigerians have faced over the past two years. Citizens deserve a viable alternative.

The ruling party has indeed profited from the prolonged power contest, not just in terms of defections, but also in the unchallenged degeneration of democratic values, rule of law, electoral practice, and the economy because the PDP has been too distracted to keep them on their toes.

But, it is heartwarming that calm is returning after the storm. I salute millions of our party faithful and Nigerians who stood firm to weather the storm for their courage and loyalty, and sincerely appeal to those who left for one reason or the other to return to our big political family.

Importantly, I call on our party leaders and elders to immediately initiate an all-inclusive peace, reconciliation, and rebuilding process to reunite everybody under the big umbrella and reinvigorate the biggest party in Africa to bounce back to the rescue of the suffering masses of Nigeria come 2019.

Pic.2. Gov. Ayo Fayose of Eki State (M) speaking to newsmen after Supreme Court sitting in Abuja on Wednesday (12/7/17) sacked the National Chairman of the opposition PDP, Sen. Ali Modu Sheriff and declared Caretaker Committee Chairman of the party, Sen. Ahmed Makarfi as authentic leader of PDP. With him are Sen. Ben Obi (R) and factional Publicity Secretary of the party, Prince Dayo Adeyeye. 03461/12/7/2017/Ernest Okorie/BJO/NAN

Former Minister Femi Fani-Kayode also commented on the ruling in a post on Twitter, congratulating the party.

He said,

Praise the Lord! God has given us victory at Supreme Court. PDP is back in the right hands. Shame on Ali Modu Sheriff! Congrats to PDP!

The Appeal Court had earlier sacked Ahmed Makarfi as the Caretaker Chairman of the PDP.

Photo Credit: Ernest Okorie/BJO/NAN

12 Comments

  1. nene+

    July 12, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    Shame on enemies! Shame on Okon Abang! Shame all all moles and haters.
    Yahhhhhhh my party is back to life!!!

    Oh God thank you! Enemies wanted opposition dead.

  2. Naijababeii

    July 12, 2017 at 2:28 pm

    Goodnews to all of us

  3. Anon

    July 12, 2017 at 2:29 pm

    Pic.2. Gov. Ayo Fayose of Eki State (M) speaking to newsmen after Supreme Court sitting in Abuja on Wednesday (12/7/17) sacked the National Chairman of the opposition PDP, Sen. Ali Modu Sheriff and declared Caretaker Committee Chairman of the party, Sen. Ahmed Makarfi as authentic leader of PDP. With him are Sen. Ben Obi (R) and factional Publicity Secretary of the party, Prince Dayo Adeyeye. 03461/12/7/2017/Ernest Okorie/BJO/NAN

    That’s Olisa Metuh and not Ben Obi. Please correct it. Ta.

  4. Ezekiel Laubagai

    July 12, 2017 at 2:46 pm

    i am very excited with this good news, aha now we have hope that 2019 this present government that lead the country into this unforgettable hardship will be put to sham and to these that sale this great party at the 2015 presidential election and moving as if nothing happens hmmmm we know u all and the payback will surprise u at the next election. thanks

  5. O. O. F.

    July 12, 2017 at 3:03 pm

    This is victory for democracy. A virile opposition is a major tool of a vibrant democracy. Congrats PDP

  6. me again

    July 12, 2017 at 4:07 pm

    now that is done & dusted, 2019 is going to be interesting……… preparations should begin in earnest

  7. Victor Adegoke

    July 12, 2017 at 4:30 pm

    Congrats to the PDP for the electoral victory.

  8. Alelu Peter

    July 12, 2017 at 4:41 pm

    I love PDP so much bcoz of the good work in my home town Igbeji and Akpa in general. Allah yafi monafigi. PDP power to the people.

  9. BEAUTIFUL

    July 12, 2017 at 6:13 pm

    Thank You Lord ??

  10. Alex Paddy

    July 12, 2017 at 11:04 pm

    The New Supreme Court Of Nigeria

    Politicians always believe that in a failed state, such as Nigeria, they could commit crimes and get away free. Now, the Supreme Court has signalled that regardless of how long an illegality might have lasted, justice has no deadline to be enforced.

    Justice is justice and must be recognised and respected whenever illegality is struck down. The message from the court is that impunity can never supersede the rule of law. It is a message that clearly states that illegality can never overwhelm justice.

  11. JC Dickson

    July 13, 2017 at 9:33 am

    God has delivered PDP from disintegration. Hope you have learned your lesson.

  12. Iya ibeji

    July 13, 2017 at 1:25 pm

    Are you guys real? So PDP is now a great party?
    I’m a bit confusef since APC is made up of politicians from PDP…

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