Update: Sheriff Too Desperate For Power – Supreme Court

The Supreme Court, Wednesday, described the sacked National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Ali Modu Sheriff as too desperate for power.
The Supreme Court said this while declaring the former Kaduna State Governor, Ahmed Markafi, as the authentic leader of the Party.
Wednesday’s judgment put to an end the legal battle over the soul of the party.
Justice Bode Rhodes-Vivour who read the judgment of the three-man panel held that actions of Sheriff portrayed him as too desperate for power.
The Judge expressed worry over Sheriff’s attitude to perpetuate himself in power, adding that he submitted himself to the National Convention by seeking election to the office of the National Chairman with half filled nomination form but was screened out.
The court further held that going by the report of the electoral screening committee, Sheriff was disqualified on the grounds that he has no PDP membership card, he failed to produce three years tax clearance and voter card as required by law.
The lead judgement noted immediately he was screened out by the electoral committee he sought to cancel the election and when the attempt failed he resorted to court actions as part of desperate attempt to perpetuate himself in office.
The apex court noted that in his desperate attempt to hold unto power, Sheriff filed 10 suits in different courts within one year, many he abandoned.
The Judge stated further that the suits “shall forever end up gather dust in the judicial archives of the court.”
He admonished politicians to stop engaging in ‘forum shopping’ and that heads of courts should always assign cases of the same nature and content to a single judge so as to avoid getting conflicting judgements.
In declaring the Makarfi as the authentic leader of the party, Justice Rhodes-Vivour, who read the judgment of the three-man panel, upturned the judgment of the Court of Appeal in Port Harcourt.
The court held that the appeal filed by Makarfi led Caretaker Committee “has merit and subsequently allowed.”
The court in the judgment held that the National Convention of the party held on May 21, 2016, was validly convened and in line with the PDP constitution.
The court agreed with the appellant that the National Convention is the supreme organ which controls every other organs of the party, adding that the National Convention was in order to have set up a caretaker committee having dissolved the National Executive Committee (NEC).
The court further held that the dissolution of the NEC by the convention was in order since the National Deputy Chairman, Uche Secondus, presided, adding that the convention acted within the constitution of the party.
The Port Harcourt Court of Appeal on February 17, 2017, declared Sheriff as the National Chairman of the PDP.
The court declared that the decision taken at the May 21 Port-Harcourt convention of the party as null and void.
The three Judges presiding over the case in a unanimous decision agreed that Sheriff was the authentic Chairman of the PDP.

Author: News Editor

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