The Supreme Court has sacked Senator Ali Modu Sheriff as the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, thereby putting an end to the nearly 14 months of legal battle over the soul of the party.
This is just as the apex court, in an unanimous decision by a five-man panel of Justices, handed leadership of the party to the Senator Ahmed Markafi-led National Working Committee, NWC, of the part.
Justice Bode Rhodes Vivour, who read the verdict of the five-man panel, held that the appeal has merit and is subsequently allowed.
The panel also awarded a cost of N250,000 against the first respondent.
The court in the judgment held that the National Convention of the party held in May 21, 2016 was validly convened and in line with the PDP constitution.
He said the convention was not conducted in disobedience to any court order.
The apex court accused Sheriff of engaging in forum shopping, saying he “displayed infantile desperation to cling to office at all cost”.
Following the outcome of the apex court ruling, there was wild jubilation by PDP faithful of the Makarfi faction who were present in court.
Among the PDP faithful in court included Governors Nyesome Wike of Rivers, Ayo Fayose of Ekiti, as well as a former governor of Kano State Ibrahim Shekarau.
Other chieftains at the Supreme Court included Ahmed Markafi, Senator Ben Obi, Bode George, Dayo Adeyeye, Jerry Gana, former deputy speaker House of Rep.