LIVE UPDATE: Supreme Court rules on PDP leadership tussle

PDP Crisis: Ali Modu Sheriff vs. Ahmed Makarfi
PDP Crisis: Ali Modu Sheriff vs. Ahmed Makarfi

The Supreme Court will today (Wednesday) decide on the authentic leadership of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP.

The contest is between the Ali Sheriff, who was purportedly removed at the party’s May 21 2016 convention, and the national caretaker committee chaired by Ahmed Makarfi.‎

While the Makarfi faction enjoys the support of most of the organs of the PDP, the Sheriff faction was declared the authentic leadership by the Court of Appeal.

Many members of the PDP including former governors and current lawmakers have since decamped from the party, citing the division in its leadership as reason.

The pronouncement of the Supreme Court today is expected to‎ finally resolve the leadership crisis.

PREMIUM TIMES brings you live updates from the Supreme Court.


There is a heavy presence of armed security operatives at the Three arm zone etrance to the apex court


By 8:36 a.m., the court room was already filled to the brim.

Members and supporters of the Makarfi caretaker committee arrive the courtroom.


9:03a.m. Supreme Court justices led by Justice Rhodes Vivour enters court room


9:33 a.m Justice Rhodes Vivour is now reading the judgements as it relates to the various applications.


9:43a.m He said the judgement did not declare the conduct of the PDP national convention as illegal.

“The national convention did not violate any court orders,” he said‎.


9:46a.m Reading the judgement, Justice Vivour explains how the national conventional should not have been disregarded by the appeal court.

The subject matter concerns Article 33 of PDP constitution which states:

There shall be a national convention…

All members of the party shall be bound by the decisions of leaders from the National convention.

Article 33 states the supremacy of the National convention.

Article 35 allows for the deputy national chairman.

Article 47 states the party may remove the National leader after two years.

May is not the same thing as shall, the judge said. A national officer can be removed without a vote of no confidence.

There can be no doubt that the National convention has enormous powers over the party.


The Supreme Court on Wednesday sacked Ali Sheriff as the National Chairman of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party.

The court also declared Ahmed Makarfi, the caretaker committee chairman, as the authentic leader of the PDP, Nigeria’s largest opposition party.


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  • Abu-Mu’awiya

    Sherif and Makarfi which one we dey ooo???

    • Ayinde

      For all I care bring back PDP government at least take us back to where we coming from since this change governmenlt cant take us to anywhere

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  • Net Scrolls

    Congratulations to Markafi exco. I hope PDP will now wake up to its responsibilities as a constructive opposition party.

  • Frank Bassey

    Ali Modu Sheriff was a mole in PDP. Agreed, the party committed a grievous error by bringing him in, but he cannot be above the party. The party that appointed him has the powers to dis-appointed him. He was obviously a mole in the party to play the dangerous role of destroying the opposition to the advantage of the ruling clueless, confused and brainless All Progressives Congress (APC). He played a toxic role in PDP and was set to be used to finally kill the main opposition. He should now formally move to APC and demand for the reward of his labour. He is a shame to Nigeria’s political system and will remain the ‘best’ political leader Nigeria will never dream to have. PDP should re-brand, if possible change its name or form a coalition with other parties of similar mind. I agree that Nigerian politicians are basically the same, but APC is the worst group this country has ever had. Thank Goodness for a sanitized Judiciary.

  • Yusuf Usman

    PDP is PDP, they brought Nigeria to her knees due to there stomach infrastructure policy. When we have the money to rebuild our critical ailing infrastructures. They were busy dashing out dollars even to importers of toothpicks, and we will not easily forget how they spent money on subsidizing petroleum products that could be able to have build three brand new refineries in our country Nigeria. Can someone shows me any public project which the PDP executed that the country is earning foreign revenues today, rather than the Chinese that were allowed to flood into our country with any type of products, killing our remaining moribund industries.

    • Johnmartins Ejike Ochinanwata

      May be u have to start by telling us the number of refineries built by APC with our subsidy money? Or the projects erected by them. PDP may not have done wonderful but far better than APC.

    • North/West Allies

      So what have APC done for 2 years? I prefer the PDP stomach infrastructure than APC lies about everything, 2019 is here and we will vote them out and try other parties….They are hopeless, clueless about governance and rule of law

      And let me remind you that the same PDP you said that brought Nigeria to it’s knees are the same criminals in APC today

  • GEJ FOREVER

    THIS ONE THING WE KNOW ………. APC IS WORSE THAN PDP !