The Supreme Court on Thursday held that all the interlocutory appeals filed by the Ali Sheriff faction of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP), as regards to the leadership dispute with the Ahmed Makarfi faction, are being referred back to the Court of Appeal in Abuja.
The Apex court ruling has to do with questions bordering on which of the factions of the party has the authority to instruct lawyers to represent the party in a pending case before Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court, Abuja.
Mr. Sheriff had maintained that he is the authentic chairman of the PDP. However, a Court of Appeal in Abuja on Wednesday declared Ahmed Makarfi the authentic PDP leader.
On Thursday, a five-man panel of the apex court led by the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onoghen, also, in a separate unanimous ruling, struck out all pending appeals relating to the candidacy of the PDP for the Saturday’s governorship election in Ondo State.
Justice Onnoghen, who read the lead ruling, held that the pending appeals before the apex court had become academic in view of the judgment of the Justice Ibrahim Saulawa-led panel of the Court of Appeal, Abuja.
The Saulawa-led panel had on Wednesday reinstated Eyitayo Jegede as the PDP governorship candidate in the Ondo State election.
Meanwhile, Jimoh Ibrahim, a gubernatorial aspirant of the Ali Sheriff faction in Ondo state, had placed his trust on the Supreme Court to grant the appeals which would have returned him as the candidate of the party for Saturday’s governorship election.