Court Upholds Sheriff’s Removal As PDP Chairman
The Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt has on Monday upheld the removal of Senator Modu Sheriff as the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
At the delivering of judgement in a suit brought before the court by the PDP, Justice Mohammed Liman, declared that the National Convention that removed Sheriff was legal.
In a related development, the Edo state chapter of the PDP has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to ignore Sheriff’s candidate for the upcoming governorship elections.
In a statement issued by the National Publicity Secretary of the Ahmed Makarfi faction, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, the PDP averred that Osagie Ize-Iyamu remains the only recognised candidate who will stand in the elections.
The statement read: “In Edo, the Sheriff faction is saying INEC must recognise the candidate submitted by it (Sheriff faction). How would INEC take something from a man that is only a busybody to the party?
“If a court had ruled that Sheriff is not the chairman of the PDP, how then would a court say that INEC should recognise a candidate recognised by Sheriff.”
Adding that “Sheriff is saying that he is the national chairman of the PDP by a court order even when the governors and other members of the party have rejected him. Some people are trying to use the judiciary to destroy Nigeria’s democracy.
“An example is what is playing out in Abia State. But we are not going to allow our nation’s democracy to be destroyed. Nigeria has become a laughing stock and we must sensitise people to this because it (indiscriminate court injunctions) is a new development.
“People are trying to manipulate the judiciary for their own gains and this is dangerous for democracy. The PDP National Convention is supreme and Sheriff has no legal basis to parade himself as the PDP national chairman.”