The Court of Appeal sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State has declared a former Governor of Borno State, Ali-Modu Sheriff, as the authentic Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
According to the ruling of the Port Harcourt division of the Appeal court on Friday, Sheriff, a faction leader of the opposition party, is the legitimate Chairman.
A three-man panel of justices – Justice B.G Sanga, Justice A.B Gumel and Justice Orji Abadua – set aside the judgement delivered by Justice Mohammed Liman of the Federal High Court in Rivers State who recognized former Kaduna State governor, Ahmed Makarfi, as the leader of the party.
The verdict by the Court is one in a series of judgments on the impasse.
Liman had sacked Sheriff as chairman of the PDP, while the Abuja division of the court, presided over by Okon Abang had declared Makarfi’s caretaker committee as illegal.
Due to the conflicting judgments by the lower courts, both parties went to appeal to seek redress.
However, NAN reports that one of the Appeal court members, Justice Orji Abadua dismissed all the judgment of the other judges.
She held that the PDP national convention was in line with the 2012 amended PDP constitution and not an abuse of court process.
The judge after setting aside the decisions of the other judges, stated that Ali-Modu Sheriff had no powers to cancel PDP national convention and awarded N100, 000 cost against Senator Ali-Modu Sheriff.