A Federal High Court sitting in Port-Harcourt has upheld the removal of former Borno State Governor, Ali Modu-Sheriff as the Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
Justice Mohammed Liman, delivered the judgment on Monday, declaring that the National Convention that removed Sheriff was legal.
The PDP has been embroiled in internal crisis following the national convention which was held in Port-Harcourt earlier this year, during which Modu-Sheriff was removed as the party’s National Chairman and former Kaduna State Governor, Ahmed Makarfi, was appointed as caretaker chairman.
Modu-Sheriff insisted he remains the party’s National Chairman and even conducted a parallel Governorship primary election in Edo State even after the Makarfi–led faction had earlier held a primary election.
The development left the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, in a dilemma as to which of the faction to recognize as authentic.
But the commission told the media it awaits the judgment – which has now been delivered – in order to know which of the two PDP factions to recognize especially with regards to the upcoming governorship elections in Edo and Ondo States.
The governorship election in Edo state has been scheduled to hold on September 10, while that of Ondo will hold in November.