Ali Modu Sheriff PDP heads to Supreme Court to contest factional chairman’s victory

The judgment was given by the Court of Appeal in Port Harcourt, Rivers State on Friday, February 17.

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PDP factional Leaders, Ahmed Makarfi and Ali Modu Sheriff play

PDP factional Leaders, Ahmed Makarfi and Ali Modu Sheriff

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said that it will contest a court judgment which confirmed Ali Modu Sheriff as the rightful PDP Chairman.

The judgment was given by the Court of Appeal in Port Harcourt, Rivers State on Friday, February 17.

The PDP announced that it would challenge the decision at the Supreme Court.

The opposition party also blamed the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the court’s decision.

“Two out of the 3 man Justices of the Appeal Court gave a scanty judgment in favour of Senator Ali Modu Sheriff while one for Makarfi,” PDP wrote via Twitter.

 

“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 added.

 

The PDP has been split into two factions since it attempted to remove Sheriff as Chairman in May 2016.

One faction is led by Sheriff while the other is led by former Kaduna State governor, Ahmed Makarfi.

Sheriff had said, on Tuesday, February 14, 2017, that any chairman apart from him was a “counterfeit” one.

“Any other chairman is a counterfeit, a carbon-copy, a photocopy. I was eating and drinking in the comfort of my home when the elders and the leaders of the party from across the country came to beg me to take the mantle of leadership of the party,” he said.

“They later found out that I was not a chairman they can control or push around. They know I will not accept elections handouts from anybody, hence they made a U-turn,” he added.

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Meanwhile, former president, Goodluck Jonathan has said that the PDP is still Nigeria’s biggest and strongest party.

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