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Court affirms sack of Sheriff as PDP national chairman

Senator Ali Modu Sheriff
Senator Ali Modu Sheriff
A Federal High Court (FHC) sitting in Port Harcourt, Monday upheld the removal of Senator Modu Sheriff as the National Chairman of the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The court declared the May 21 National Convention of the party which sacked Sheriff and subsequently appointed Senator Ahmed Makarfi as interim national Chairman, as legal, saying its decisions did not violate any known law or the constitution of the party.
Justice‎ Mohammed Liman, who delivered his judgement in a suit brought to the court by the National Caretaker Committee of the PDP dismissed all grounds of defence put up by former National Chairman of the party, Senator Modu Sheriff.
It would be recalled that a similar court in Abuja had, Wednesday, ordered Sheriff and other officers of the party to refrain from parading themselves in those capacities.
It is also understood that the ruling invalidates another Abuja Federal High Court ruling, last Thursday, ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to only recognise candidates endorsed by the Ali Modu Sheriff-led National Working Committee of the party for the governorship elections in Edo and Ondo States.
The Ahmed Makarfi-led faction had conducted its own primary which produced Pastor Oagie Ize-Iyamu as candidate.
Speaking after the ruling at the court premises in Port Harcourt, interim National Secretary of the PDP, Senator Ben Obi, said the parties to the dispute along with security agencies had agreed that the July 4 ruling of the court would be binding on everybody.
“Before this ruling today we held a meeting with the police, DSS and others and all of us agreed that whatever the decision of the court on July 4 will be accepted by all the parties.”

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