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Court disqualifies Sheriff, others as PDP national officers; nullifies zoning arrangement

Senator Ali Modu Sheriff
Senator Ali Modu Sheriff
A Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court, Apo, Abuja, Thursday, looked to have ended the weeks of crises that have characterized the leadership of the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) when it nullified the emergence of embattled Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, as National Chairman of the party.
Describing the process as ‘illegal’ the presiding judge, Justice Valentine Ashi, also nullified the 2014 PDP Constitution Amendment upon which Sheriff was appointed PDP Chairman.
He described the amendment as illegal and a violation of the Electoral Act and declared all action carried out with it including anybody parading as officer of the PDP as illegal.
The party has locked in a leadership battle as two factions have emerged, one led by former Kaduna State governor, Senator Ahmed Makarfi on an interim arrangement, and backed by majority of the party chieftains, and another led by the former chairman, Sheriff.
The amendment upon which Sheriff assumed leadership had allegedly zoned the office of the party chairman to the North-East zone from where Sheriff came from.
Sheriff took over the chairmanship from Uche Secondus based on this zoning arrangement.
Reacting to the development, former National Secretary of the party, Prof. Adewale Oladipo, Thursday, in a statement insisted that Ali Modu Sheriff was not sacked by an Abuja High Court saying that the ruling of the court has nothing to do with the election of Sheriff as the National Chairman.
“Our attention has been drawn to reports circulating in the media that a Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court has ousted the National Chairman of the PDP, Sen. Ali-Modu Sheriff.
“This is completely false and a clear misrepresentation of the ruling of the court as it never gave any ruling ousting the National Chairman.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the court only heard and delivered judgment on a matter concerning certain amendments in the PDP constitution, which has nothing to do with the election of Senator Ali Modu Sheriff as the National Chairman or even that of his predecessor, Alhaji Adamu Muazu.”

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