Former Kaduna State governor, Ahmed Makarfi, has been declared by the Supreme Court as the authentic chairman of the caretaker committee of the Peoples Democratic Party. The Supreme Court in Abuja affirmed the PDP national convention held in Port Harcourt that established Makarfi’s committee, and described the process that led to it as correct and in line with the Party’s Constitution. It consequently sacked Ali Modu Sheriff and members of his National Working Committee from the leadership of the Party.
The three-man panel of judges led by Walter Onnoghen, chief justice of Nigeria (CJN), held that the national convention which brought in the leadership of Makarfi should not have been disregarded by the appeal court based on the party’s constitution.
Rhodes Vivour, the judge, who read the judgement said all members of the PDP are bound by decisions made at the convention.
While citing article 33 of the party’s constitution that provided for the supremacy of national convention, the panel explained that an officer could be removed after a period of two years.
“The national convention did not violate any court orders. A national officer can be removed without a vote of no confidence. There can be no doubt that the National convention has enormous powers over the party,” it held.
The court said Sheriff “demonstrated an infantile desperation” to be chairman of the PDP by filing about 10 different applications in various courts.
“They shall forever gather dust in judicial archives,” it held.
Meanwhile, some loyalists of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP danced and embraced one another to the new pronouncement which they believe would bring an end to the leadership tussle that has engulfed the former ruling party since the 2015 general election.
Minutes after the Supreme Court’s declaration, a former Minister of Aviation and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)’s chieftain, who has always been a strong supporter of the Makarfi faction of PDP, Femi Fani-Kayode, posted on his verified twitter handle (@realFFK) that: “Praise the Lord! God has given us victory at Supreme Court. PDP is back in the right hands. Shame on Ali Modu Sheriff! Congrats to PDP!”