The court of appeal sitting in Port Harcourt on Friday ruled that the much contested position of the chairmanship of the People’s Democratic Party should go to Ali Modu Sheriff, the former governor of Borno Sate.
In the majority judgment, the appellate court set aside earlier ruling of Justice Mohammed Liman of the Federal High Court in Rivers State in which former Kaduna State governor, Ahmed Makarfi was declared as the caretaker chairman of the party.
Makarfi and Sheriff have been involved in a tussle over the leadership of the party, with each of them leading different factions.
However, the party’s Board of Trustees (BoT) led by Senator Walid Jibrin is not disposed to doing business with the former Borno State governor as party chair.
According to the party’s BOT, the process that led to the creation of the caretaker committee was an abuse of court process.
Similarly, the PDP Governors Forum has also rejected the court verdict. Its chairman and ardent opponent of Sheriff, Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti state, reacting on behalf of the PDP governors in Abuja, said the judgement was an assault on the will of the people.
The party is already making plans to appeal the verdict.