Supreme Court sacks Sheriff as PDP national chairman - Trends and Politics


Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Supreme Court sacks Sheriff as PDP national chairman

Chairman Caretaker Committee  Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ahmed Makarfi (right) with  Committee Secretary,  Ben Obi after the ruling of supreme court on the leadership tussle of the party in Abuja on Wednesday

Senator Ali Modu Sheriff was Wednesday sacked by the Supreme Court as the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
The apex court, in an unanimous decision by a five-man panel of Justices, handed leadership of the party to the Senator Ahmed Markafi-led National Working Committee, NWC, of the part.
Justice Bode Rhodes-Vivour who read the lead verdict validate the National Convention PDP held in Port Harcourt on May 21, 2016, where the Sheriff led National Executive Committee, NEC, was dissolved.
He said the convention was not conducted in disobedience to any court order.

The apex court accused Sheriff of engaging in forum shopping, saying he "displayed infantile desperation to cling to office at all cost".
Consequently, it awarded a cost of N200, 000 each, against Sheriff and Prof. Wale Oladipo who acted as National Secretary of the party under him.
Judgement of the apex court brought to an end a protracted leadership crisis that rocked the former ruling party.

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