PDP Crisis Deepens As Factions Procure Conflicting Court Orders

Ali Modu Sheriff. Photograph: Sahara Reporters
Ali Modu Sheriff. Photograph: Sahara Reporters

The crisis rocking the Poeples Democratic Parties, PDP, the major opposition party in the country, took an interesting twist on Tuesday as warring factions got conflicting judgements from courts in Lagos and Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.

A faction of the party which removed Ali Modu Sheriff as National Chairman of the party at its recently held national convention in Port Harcourt on May 21, along with other members of the National Working Committee, NWC, got a judgment on Tuesday from the Federal High Court in the Rivers State, restraining Sheriff and other members of the NWC from parading themselves as officials of the party.



    The Port Harcourt convention also nominated Ahmed Makarfi, a senator and former governor of Kaduna State, as acting chairman and Ben Obi, as acting national secretary.

    The court also restrained the former NWC members from receiving nominations and submitting names to the Independent National Electoral Commission,INEC, as officers or candidates of the PDP in any capacity, pending the determination of the motion on notice brought by the party.

    But another Federal High Court in Lagos on Tuesday nullified the caretaker committee appointed by the Port Harcourt convention and re-instated the Sheriff-led NWC. Justice Ibrahim Buba ordered Sheriff to continue to serve as national chairman of the party.

    He PDP which ruled Nigeria at the centre for 16 was ousted in the last general election and has been embroiled in a leadership tussle for many months now.


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