The Supreme Court has reserved judgement in the ongoing tussle between factional leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party, Ahmed Makarfi and Ali Modu Sheriff.
The battle for the PDP leadership at Nigeria’s apex court began following the February 17 judgement of the Appeal Court in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
According to the appellate court, Mr. Sheriff is the lawful leader of the PDP.
But shortly after that ruling, the faction of the party led by Ahmed Makarfi approached the Supreme Court to upturn the decision of the lower court.
The apex court entertained various applications in connection with the leadership struggle during Tuesday’s hearing.
Counsel for the Sheriff faction, Akin Olujimi, contended that Mr. Makarfi’s request amounted to an abuse of court process.
According to Mr. Olujimi, the Makarfi-led faction cannot present an application in the name of the PDP, like it had done
“This constitutes and abuse of court processes. He is using two different processes to sustain his appeal,” Mr. Olujimi said.
Mr. Makarfi’s lawyer, Wole Olanikpekun, however told the court to disregard the request made by Mr. Olujimi.
“I urge your lordships to discountenance all that he has said. He is the one abusing court processes”.
After listening to the arguments of the two counsel, the five-man panel of justices, led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen, adjourned hearing till a date yet to be decided.
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