PDP: Court bars Sheriff, order Markarfi committee to take over

The national caretaker committee of the PDP headed by Sen. Ahmed Markarfi, got a boost with an order of the Court mandating INEC to recognise it

A Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt has granted an interim injunction restraining the immediate past national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff and Professor Adewale Oladipo who were removed from office at the PDP national convention held on Saturday May 21, 2016, from parading themselves as national officers of the party pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice brought before it by the PDP

The Court also granted a restraining order on any member of the national working Committee of the PDP who was removed from office by the party’s national convention in Port Harcourt from receiving nominations and or submitting names to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as officers or candidates of the PDP in whatever capacity pending the hearing and determination of the Motion on Notice brought by the Party.

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In addition, INEC was restrained by the Court from according or continuing to accord any recognition to Sen. Ali Modu Sheriff, Professor Adewale Oladipo or any or all members of the national working committee of the PDP removed from office at the party’s national convention in Port Harcourt, as officers or organs of the PDP pending the hearing and determination of the Motion on Notice.

The national caretaker committee of the PDP headed by Sen. Ahmed Markarfi, former governor of Kaduna state, also got a boost with an order of the Court mandating INEC to recognise it in all matters pertaining the conduct of primary elections for political offices and the submission of the PDP list of candidates for any elections to be conducted by INEC pending the hearing and determination of the Motion on Notice.

With these orders, all appears set for the resolution of the alleged crises within the PDP in its bid to build cohesion and reclaim power in 2019.

From all indications the message to embattled Sen. Sheriff, who was disqualified by the national convention sub-committee on screening headed by Emmanuel Aguma, SAN, as not being qualified to contest as substantive chairman of the party, is clearly that his aspiration is not more important than the Party’s unity and rescue mission to save Nigeria from collapse.

Ali Modu Sheriff who was then the acting national chairman of the party was sacked at the botched national convention with the party naming a 7-man caretaker committee to manage the affairs of the party.

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