Nigeria: Court Remove Ali Modu Sheriff as PDP Chairman

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– The Supreme Court in Abuja has ruled on the matter between Ali Modu-Sheriff, four others and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)
– The court sacked Sheriff as the national chairman of PDP and declared Ahmed Makarfi the authentic leader of the party
– However, Sheriff was absent in court during the judgment given by the Supreme Court

The factional chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party Ali Modu-Sheriff was no where to be found at the Supreme Court on Wednesday, July 12, during the ruling of the case between him, four others and the party. While other notable PDP members where seen at the court Sheriff and most of his followers were absent.

The Supreme Court, on Wednesday, sacked Senator Ali Modu Sheriff as the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

The apex court, in a unanimous decision by a five-man panel of Justices, handed leadership of the party to the Senator Ahmed Markafi-led National Working Committee, NWC, of the party.

Justice Bode Rhodes-Vivour who read the lead verdict validates the National Convention PDP held in Port Harcourt on May 21, 2016, where the Sheriff led National Executive Committee, NEC, was dissolved.

He said the convention was not conducted in disobedience to any court order.

The apex court accused Sheriff of engaging in forum shopping, saying he “displayed infantile desperation to cling to office at all cost”.

Consequently, it awarded a cost of N200, 000 each, against Sheriff and Prof. Wale Oladipo who acted as National Secretary of the party under him.

Judgement of the apex court brought to an end a protracted leadership crisis that rocked the former ruling party.