Why Appeal Court validated Sheriff as PDP National Chairman

PDP Crisis: Ali Modu Sheriff vs. Ahmed Makarfi

The Court of Appeal, Port Harcourt, Thursday, declared Ali Sheriff the authentic National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

Mr. Sheriff had gone to the Appeal Court to challenge the judgment of Justice Mohammed Liman of the Federal High Court, Port Harcourt, delivered on July 4, 2016, which upheld the appointment of Ahmed Makarfi as the Chairman, PDP National Caretaker Committee.

The Appeal Court, in a split decision, ruled that it was illegal to replace the Sheriff-led National Working Committee with the Makarfi-led caretaker committee.

Two out of the three-member panel of justices sided with the pro-Sheriff judgment, while the other ruled in favour of Mr. Makarfi’s faction.

Justice B.G. Sanga, who delivered the lead judgment, said that the PDP failed to follow the provisions of its constitution when it opted to remove Mr. Sheriff and the national working committee.

The judge said the party didn’t pass a vote of no confidence on Mr. Sheriff and his committee as provided by the Article 47(3) of the party constitution, and that the national working committee was not put on notice.

Justice Sanga held that it was an “error” for the lower court presided over by Justice Liman to rule that the appellant, Mr. Sheriff, abused the court process when he postponed the PDP National Convention that was scheduled to take place on May 21, 2016, in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

The Appeal Court awarded N100,000 cost in favour of Mr. Sheriff.

Another of the Appeal Court judges, Justice A. A. Gumel, dismissed as being incompetent, the preliminary objection filed by the PDP against the suit.

Justice Gumel held that Mr. Sheriff and his executive cannot be removed until August 2017, except the party holds an election.

Justice T.S. Orji-Abadua, who gave a dissenting judgment, held that Mr. Sherriff was only appointed in an acting capacity, pending election.

Justice Orji-Abadua further held that going by Article 33(3) of the PDP Constitution, Mr. Sheriff didn’t have an overriding power against the PDP National Executive Council, and therefore had no right to unilaterally cancel the convention.

She also held that Article 47 of the party constitution did not make it mandatory for it to pass a vote of no confidence before removing its officers.

Mr. Sheriff and Mr. Makarfi, former governors of Borno and Kaduna states respectively, have been engaged in a prolonged leadership tussle which has factionalised the party and caused many of its leaders to decamp to the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.

Meanwhile, Mr. Makarfi’s faction, in its reaction to the Court of Appeal judgment, Port Harcourt, accused the APC of manipulating the victory for Mr. Sheriff.

The faction, through its PDP Twitter account @OfficialPDPNig, said, “The Judgment has finally shown that the ruling Party, the APC is out to create a one-party state in the country.”

“The Party is proceeding immediately to the Supreme Court to file an appeal against the ruling of today’s appeal court judgment,” it said.


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  • tundemash

    ha ! ha!! ha !!! I laugh in Ekiti dialect . And Dumbo was f00ling himself 2 days the PDPigs would win 2019 election ? Welldone to the loud mouth Fayose and Wicked Wike for installing the Boko Haram Chief Sheriff as PDPigs Chairman !

    Over to you sore losers, and perpetual wailers, put your spin on this.

    • BURNING SPEAR

      Mumu Ibo man–pretending to be Yoruba–Sadly the only lone voice against my Kanuri brother -Sheriff—-came from the South East——-Justice T.S. Orji-Abadua, was the loner who for want of better things to do with his dirty regional soul– gave a dissenting judgment—with a view to escaping from the wrath of efcc——————-NOW the Apes in APC are being blamed over the victory of Sheriff—————————–Mumu Fulani Makarshi———————-is alleging that the Apes led by Tinubu the number enemy of Sheriff from the south west was instrumental to his victory—–haba Nigeria!————-what a shame————————–Ride on Kanuri man-Sheriff-enough of this scape–goating thing by the Fulanis—-from Niger Republic in Nigeria-now yearning to control PDP—we say enough of the Rule by the Fulanis period–

      • tundemash

        yawn !!

    • Ade

      Lucky you! you have a strong anti-herdsmen(the Jihadist) as a governor Fayose

      • tundemash

        Mor0n ! WHat makes teh herdsmen different from armed robbers and kidnappers ? Let your cl0wn pay Ekiti workers salaries promptly !

        • Ade

          Sneaky rat, equating terrorist-jihadists with robbers and kidnappers shows how low you have become.

          • tundemash

            Mor0n, they are all criminals deserving of punishment . Olodo.

        • Ade

          prophet mohammed’s disciple confession

          “Twenty-one-year-old Islamic terrorist captured by security forces has admitted killing hundreds of people and raping “more than 200 women.”

          The militant had described how he moved from home to home, raping terrified women.

          He also told of how he slaughtered around 500 victims — either by beheading them or by putting a blindfold on them and firing a bullet into their skull.

          He said his actions were considered “normal” among the terror group’s ranks.” Punch ng

          • tundemash

            Kid, let him have his day in court and face the consequences of his murderous actions.
            Are u happy now sad kid ???

            The title of the news story is Sheriff , whom lunatic Fayose and Wicked Wike, helped installed as PDPigs Chairman won at teh Court of Appeal to remain as PDPigs Chairman. Stick to teh topic and stop behaving like a sore loser !

          • Ade

            I happy now bro. I will be happier if Jihadist Buhari, Sheriff and Elrufai are prosecuted for their terrorism crime

            I don’t support any party! Though I have a huge sympathy for unfortunate thief like Jona lol

          • tundemash

            Mor0n, keep hallucinating.

  • BURNING SPEAR

    Mumu Ibo man–pretending to be Yoruba–Sadly the only lone voice against my Kanuri brother -Sheriff—-came from the South East——-Justice T.S. Orji-Abadua, was the loner who for want of better things to do with his dirty regional soul– gave a dissenting judgment—with a view to escaping from the wrath of efcc——————-NOW the Apes in APC are being blamed over the victory of Sheriff—————————–Mumu Fulani Makarshi———————-is alleging that the Apes led by Tinubu the number enemy of Sheriff from the south west was instrumental to his victory—–haba Nigeria!————-what a shame————————–Ride on Kanuri man-Sheriff-enough of this scape–goating thing by the Fulanis—-from Niger Republic in Nigeria-now yearning to control PDP—we say enough of the Rule by the Fulanis period————————————————————–what a shame

    • El Patron

      Otile I must say your view on this issue is very confusing. I wonder why like the rest of your friends you are not supporting Makarfi. Do you mind telling me what it is that makes you hate fulani’s so much, that you would rather have a possible boko haram sponsor as the chairman of your party just because he is Kanuri

  • Peedeepees!!!!

    @disqus_uP68jp3KoD:disqus

    Let the morons who invited ALI
    SHERIF and imposed it on PDP as Acting Chairman go and beat him up and throw
    him out of office themselves. The other day the Ekiti state governor Ayo Fayose
    came to the newspapers to talk rubbish, that he has been regretting joining in
    imposing Ali Sherif as PDP head. Ayo Fayose has no sense for saying that. Look
    at the quality of PDP Chairman since 1999, starting with Alex Ekwueme to
    Solomon Lar.

    Does Ali Sherif have
    any quality in that class of people? Ayo Fayose does not think well. How can
    anybody with any sense go and bring almost a non-party member who is almost an
    illiterate and impose him on PDP that had governed for 16 years? To achieve
    what? When a governing party loses election do you go for illiterate to put
    that party together? Ayo Fayose is one of the impulsive people who destroyed
    PDP. They all have to live with the consequence of their daft decision.

  • Abdullah Musa

    What is apalling with Nigerian mentality is that people who ought to be responsible speak trash.
    By saying APC influenced the judgement Makarfi is questioning the integrity of the judges.
    Can he prove it?
    And they dont care if their integrity is questioned?

  • Pius

    Pdp is almost gone. We need a strong opposition party in Nigeria for the good of democracy.

  • Abu Nana

    Serves you right! Things, in this world, have a way of coming home to roost. Calling God in mouth only, but all your actions negate anything Godly.