Justice Abang, Ali Sheriff, Kashamu, other winners in PDP Appeal Court ruling

Jimoh Ibrahim and Ali Modu Sheriff [Photo credit: Leaders NG]

It was one seat that was hotly contested, within and outside the courtroom, by two men who wouldn’t give up or shift ground.

A temporary conclusion was reached on Friday as the Court of Appeal, Port Harcourt, recognised Ali Sheriff as the authentic National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

Although the Ahmed Makarfi faction, which has the support of the party’s governors, has vowed to challenge the ruling at the Supreme Court, Mr. Sheriff has declared “no victor, no vanquished.”

Although Mr. Sheriff has called for a united party, PREMIUM TIMES reviews the winners and losers from the Appeal Court ruling.



Ali Modu Sheriff

Ali Modu Sheriff
Ali Modu Sheriff

One thing that can’t be taken away from Mr. Sheriff, as far as the leadership crisis within the PDP is concerned, is his courage and tenacity. The former governor of Borno State took on the hitherto invincible PDP governors’ forum and went through fierce political and legal battles against the Ahmed Makarfi faction which had the backing of the governors.

Before now, the support of the PDP governors’ forum was a major factor in choosing the national chairman of the party. Mr. Sheriff himself was handpicked by the governors in February 2016 as the acting chairman after the party which lost the 2015 presidential election.

For the Appeal Court judgment, Mr. Sheriff, 61, is obviously the biggest winner.

Jimoh Ibrahim

Jimoh Ibrahim [Photo Credit: Twitter - Barr. Jimoh Ibrahim @JimohIbrahimOFR]
Jimoh Ibrahim [Photo Credit: Twitter – Barr. Jimoh Ibrahim

The controversial businessman, backed by Mr. Sheriff’s faction of the PDP, made a failed attempt to fly the PDP flag in the November 2016 governorship election in Ondo State.

The Makarfi faction had nominated Eyitayo Jegede, a legal practitioner and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN. After the Supreme Court affirmed Mr. Jegede as the right candidate of the PDP, Mr. Ibrahim in order to spite his party, turned around to offer political support to the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Rotimi Akeredolu.

Mr. Ibrahim claimed he could have won the election which was later won by Mr. Akeredolu.

The Court of Appeal ruling appears to have vindicated Mr. Ibrahim who has also celebrated the victory. A photograph uploaded on his Twitter page, Saturday, showed Mr. Ibrahim dancing, with a glass of drink in his hand, with the tweet “Ali Modu Sheriff is PDP National Chairman”.

Justice Okon Abang

Justice Okon Abang
Justice Okon Abang

Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court, Abuja, had ruled in July last year that the May 21, 2016, PDP Convention in Port Harcourt was illegal. It was at that convention that Mr. Sheriff and his national working committee were replaced with Mr. Makarfi-led caretaker committee.

Mr. Abang, who also declared Mr. Ibrahim as the PDP candidate in Ekiti based on being nominated by the Sheriff PDP, also received a lot of criticisms for his rulings by the Makarfi PDP faction.

The judge is definitely one of the winners as he would feel justified by the Appeal Court ruling.

Buruji Kashamu

Ogun State senator, Buruji Kashamu [Photo Credit: CBS News]
Ogun State senator, Buruji Kashamu [Photo Credit: CBS News]
Buruji Kashamu, a controversial senator from Ogun State, is among the high-profile supporters of Mr. Sheriff.

Mr. Kashamu, who was suspended by the Ogun PDP loyal to Mr. Makarfi, leads another faction in the state aligned to Mr. Kashamu.

The lawmaker will feel vindicated by the Appeal Court ruling.

And the losers are….

Ahmed Makarfi

Ahmed Makarfi Photo: The Breaking times
Ahmed Makarfi
Photo: The Breaking times

Ahmed Makarfi, who has been battling with Mr. Sheriff for the PDP number one seat, is the first in the line-up of losers.

With the court judgment, the former governor of Kaduna State is sure going to lose some following. Ben Murray-Bruce, a senator from Bayelsa State, who hitherto was with Mr. Makarfi’s faction, has already declared solidarity with Mr. Sheriff.

Mr. Murray-Bruce said it was high time the party put an end to the prolonged battle.

PDP workers at Wadata plaza, Abuja

PDP Headquarters
PDP Headquarters

The PDP workers at the party headquarters took side with Mr. Makarfi’s faction, and shunned an invitation to a meeting with Mr. Sheriff.

The workers had protested the continued closure of the party secretariat by the police due to the crisis. They shunned a meeting with Mr. Sheriff to discuss the closure and blamed it for it.

Many of the workers will surely be worried by the implication of the Appeal Court ruling.

Nyesome Wike

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state. [Photo credit: Nairaland]
Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state. [Photo credit: Nairaland]

The governor of Rivers, Nyesome Wike, has played multiple roles in the crisis rocking the PDP. Besides chairing the committee that planned the ill-fated May 2016 Port Harcourt Convention, Mr. Wike is alleged to be among the few governors who “appointed” Mr. Sheriff as the acting national chairman of PDP and later dumped him for Mr. Makarfi.

Mr. Wike has been one of the major opponents of Mr. Sheriff, and now he could be one of the biggest losers.

Godswill Akpabio

Senator Godswill Akpabio
Senator Godswill Akpabio

Mr. Akpabio, the Senate Minority Leader, moved the motion at the May 2016 Port Harcourt Convention which led to the sacking of Mr. Sheriff and the national working committee.

Since then, the former governor of Akwa Ibom State, together with Governor Wike, has been working assiduously against Mr. Sheriff continuing as the PDP chairman.

Segun Mimiko

Ondo State Governor, Olusegun Mimiko
Ondo State Governor, Olusegun Mimiko

Mr. Mimiko, the outgoing governor of Ondo State, pitched his tent with Mr. Makarfi. His state became the stage where the factional fight played out more dramatically during the last governorship election there.

Mr. Mimiko’s man, Eyitayo Jegede, defeated the controversial businessman, Mr. Ibrahim, at the Supreme Court to finally fly the party’s flag in the election, even though the PDP eventually lost to the APC in the general election.

Femi Fani-Kayode

FILE PHOTO: Femi Fani-Kayode arriving the EFCC office  Photo: ChannelsTV
FILE PHOTO: Femi Fani-Kayode arriving the EFCC office
Photo: ChannelsTV

Mr. Fani-Kayode, a former minister of Aviation and a chieftain of the PDP, has been consistent in his attacks against Mr. Sheriff whom he said was unfit to lead the party.

At some point, the former minister said it was better for Mr. Makarfi’s faction to go form a new party than to negotiate with Mr. Sheriff.

Now, with the Appeal Court judgment, Mr. Fani-Kayode could be more angry and disappointed.


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  • Fadama

    And why is Fayose not there as one o the losers?

    • aapeecee!




      • duwdu

        You’re on your own, @Fadama.


      • Oskirin

        Abasi mbonnnnnn…..come back n do what? me i no pray 4 such prayers oooo.all wht we need to do is to enage pmb in constructive criticism n also match a peaceful to Aso Rock

  • Olaola

    Thugyose is the biggest looser.

    • Beereffffff


      Who will now stop the Buhari tragedy?

      The Buhari tragedy is so devastating
      and crushing the people of Nigeria to the ground that an urgent solution should
      be warranted but Nigeria’s main opposition party (PDP) is too leaderless and
      too busy tussling amongst themselves like dogs over biscuit; without a putative
      leader to call the riot to order, after ex-President Goodluck Jonathan chose to
      wear his disgraceful electoral defeat in the 2015 election the right way up as
      his badge of achievement.

      Since then and after President Buhari devalued the
      national currency the Naira has fallen precipitously and now exchanges at
      over 515 to one U.S dollar, from the 200 to one dollar market rate base Buhari
      inherited on 29th May 2015. The effect of that bone-headed devaluation
      economic non-policy is mass poverty. The colour cartridges of a desktop HP
      printer now cost more than a university graduate’s total monthly salary at
      120,000 Naira. That is the extent President Buhari has destroyed Nigeria today.

      • no one cares, have a nice day.

        • Oskirin

          me i care ooooo.d tin is affecting my income seriously….buhario pls dea with dos rogues and make d economy better n stronger..we must not suffer b4 we enjoy ur goodies…it takes a practical step to stop ds economy problem.

  • Ritchie

    The chairman of the PDP’ s governors forum is one of the 3 biggest losers!

  • Shahokaya

    The biggest looser is Fayose the loud mouth Ekiti former garage boy. With sheriff as chairman there is no way he can appoint a successor to his office. It equally means he would not have anybody to cover his tracks when he no longer enjoys immunity .

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  • .RAPE on The Niger DELTA

    Dear WORLD,
    There is massive poverty in the Niger Delta. There is nothing to show for the wealth of the region as monies from the region are used to develop Abuja and the rest of the country. The only benefit the oil producing and resource owners – Biafra and Niger Delta regions benefit from Nigeria are :
    – Pollution
    – Neglect
    – Violence
    – Military Occupation
    – Wanton arrest of its citizens
    – Harassment
    – Sponsored propaganda to defame
    – Bypass in political appointments
    – Hate, hate and more hate
    – Etc etc, etc

    SECESSION is the only way for the Niger Delta and Biafran regions if they must achieve their potentials. Buhari can remain president of the rest of Nigeria and those of us who do not want to be associated with Nigeria in any way should be left alone to live our dreams and fly to our destination – have our own country. And this is what we must do.

    May God be with our freedom fighting comrades – the AVENGERS…and we look forward to the prayer sessions of Operation Hurricane Joshua and Jericho Wall which you have proposed

    • Olusola

      Day dreamer. You guys hate yourselves. Blowing up pipelines will bring poverty, will damage farmlands, kill fishes, create environmental pollution, cause sicknesses. Stop the bombings and agitate for peace and development will come. Oil will end sometimes in 2019 as USA will roll out vehicles running on atomic fuels, it is confirmed. Please get serious and let us sue for peace. Whatever is left of Nigeria at that time we must share with ND haven eaten theirs for 35yrs. Before then stop the bombings, so that cleaning up efforts can yield results.

      • no thanks, no accountibility no peace.

  • Otile

    Allah. We don’t want the lying clique to be showing us
    pictures of Imam Buhari. We want to know the truth about his health.
    If Imam was receiving treatment at Abuja people would know that he is
    really sick and hurting that way millions of Nigerians would fire
    and do serious fasting, by now he would be hale and hearty. The
    deception is robbing him of sympathy, blessing from prayers, absolution
    of sin from
    fasting for Imam. Deceivers are holding our Imam in spiritual bondage

  • tundemash

    PT, the list of losers is incomplete. How about the army of wailers and sore losers on this forum? Please update your list before they blame you for their compound losses.

    • the usual PT again! everyone, leave your homes and go look for the court documents! duh

  • fortunately i don’t know one single person who you wrote about….
    so it means nothing. the only reason i come here is to check on the PSI status of ur country.

  • Rommel

    Shame on all those people who vilified an upright judge in these times when decent judges are rare commodities,a good man who gave his ruling without fear of contradiction or inducement,history they say will always vindicate the just