BEVERLY HILLS, February 17, (THEWILL) – The Court of Appeal sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, on Friday validated Senator Ali Modu Sheriff as the authentic Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
The ruling came as a split decision that saw two of three judges rule in favour of Sheriff while the other judge delivered judgement against Sheriff, who is a former governor of Borno State.
The appellate court set aside the judgement by Justice Mohammed Liman of the Federal High Court in Port Harcourt, which recognized former Kaduna governor, Senator Ahmed Makarfi as the leader of the PDP.
Sheriff and Makarfi have been leading separate factions of the main opposition party since the botched national convention of the PDP in the Rivers state capital in May 2016.
Justice Liman had sacked Sheriff as chairman of the PDP, while the Abuja division of the Federal High Court, presided over by Justice Okon Abang declared Ahmed Makarfi’s caretaker committee as illegal.
On account of the conflicting judgments at the lower courts, both parties went to the Court of Appeal to seek redress.
Makarfi challenged Abang’s ruling at the Abuja division of the Appeal Court, but the court could not take a decision because Sheriff had already filed an appeal challenging his removal by the Federal High Court in Rivers.