|From L-R, Sheriff, Makarfi|
The leadership tussle in the Peoples Democratic Party came to an end today (Wednesday) after Ali Modu Sheriff was sacked as the Chairman of the Party and former Kaduna State Governor, Ahmed Makarfi was reinstated as the National Chairman of the party.
The declaration was made by a five-man panel of the Supreme Court which was led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen. The judgment pronounced Ahmed Makarfi as the national Chairman after he wasearlier sacked by the Portharcourt Division of the Court of Appeal.
Justice Bode Rhodes-Vivour who read the leading judgement held that contrary to the majority judgment of the Court of Appeal in Port Harcourt, the suit filed by Makarfi faction before the Federal High Court in Port Harcourt was not an abuse of court.
The Supreme Court insisted that the May 21, 2016 PDP National Convention rightly and constitutionally removed sheriff.
There had been a contest between Ahmed Makarfi and Ali Modu Sheriff as to who the PDP national chairman will be. Many members of the party including former governors and lawmakers left the party stating the division as the reason for their action.
It was also noticed that Ali Modu Sheriff was missing in court while Ahmed Makarfi was present along side other members of the PDP including Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose and Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike.