Appeal Court adjourns hearing on PDP leadership crisis

Ali Modu Sherrif Vs Ahmed Makarfi

The Abuja Division of the Appeal Court on Thursday adjourned its hearing in the ongoing leadership tussle within the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

A three member panel of justices led by Ibrahim Salauwa gave the ruling following an application by counsel to former governor Ali Sheriff faction of the party, Akin Olujimi.

Mr. Olujimi had requested an adjournment by the court to allow the Port Harcourt Division of the appellate court conclude on a similar application.

He prayed the court to allow his application to prevent the emergence of contrasting judgements in the matter.

The counsel representing the Ahmed Makarfi faction, Emmanuel Ukala, opposed the application. Therefore, the appellate court sought a few hours adjournment after which it would listen to the arguments of both parties.

About 6 hours later, Mr. Ibrahim said the court would have to adjourn and fix another date to listen to the arguments.

He acknowledged the efforts of parties for their patience in waiting and said the case had been adjourned till December 15.

While the application at the Abuja Division of the appellate court was filed by Ahmed Makarfi faction of the PDP; the one filed at the Port Harcourt Division was by Mr. Sheriff.

Mr. Makarfi seeks to upturn the judgement of the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court which on June 29 declared his emergence as leader of the party a product of impunity.

Mr. Sheriff on his part asked the Appeal Court in Port Harcourt to nullify the judgement by a high court in the state, presided over by Ahmed Liman which validated the national convention where Mr. Makarfi was elected.

The Port Harcourt Division of the court gave no specific date for its next hearing during the last sitting on November 24.


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    a way should be found to consolidate both appeals in either the Abuja division of the court of appeal or the Port Harcourt Division so as to prevent this issue of conflicting judgments once again.

    • Paul Young

      That will never happen. Wike has the PH judges in his pocket and Sheriff can easily reach out to the Abuja judges vs PH judges. Its almost like a home and away match

    • Burbank

      The 2 PDP factions can bribed the judges and their assemblymen regardless of the wishes of their voters, who will continue to wail and blame Buhari for putting Nyesom Wike, Seriake, Obiano and Udom Emmanuel as their state governors!

  • MO the Observer

    ahahahahahaha, PDP and their internal gbege

  • Muhammad

    The shame of the philosophical bankruptcy between the bar and the bench in supporting the political development of Nigeria .

  • Burbank

    PDP’s boss Imam Alhaji Ali Modu Sheriff vs PDP’s boss Imam Alhaji Ahmed Markafi fighting for supremacy over the entire Niger Delta – while the SS SE people continued to be fooled by the PDP’s promises of milk and honey!