Senator Ali Modu Sheriff has broken silence over the Supreme Court judgment Wednesday that sacked him as the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Sheriff, who said he was still in shock over the judgment, noted he was still waiting for his lawyers to brief him on the details of the judgment.
In a statement by Dr. Cairo Ojogbane, Deputy National Chairman to Sheriff and the former Spokesperson for his faction, Bernard Mikko, in Abuja on Thursday, said Nigerians should continue to pray for the country.
The three-paragraph statement said: “We received with shock the 12th July judgement of the Supreme Court on the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party.
“Though we still await the full written judgement of the highest court from our lawyers who will fully brief us on the details of the judgement. In the interim, we ask all members and supporters to remain steadfast in prayers for Nigeria.
“Meanwhile, we continue with our avowed demands that the party must be given back to the owners at the grassroots to always elect their party officials and those to contest elections for them at all levels. Internal democracy must be institutionalized in the party.”
In declaring the former Kaduna State Governor, Ahmed Makarfi, as the authentic PDP leader, the Supreme Court, Wednesday, described Sheriff as too desperate for power.
Justice Bode Rhodes-Vivour, who read the judgment of the three-man panel, held that actions of Sheriff portrayed him as too hungry 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 convention 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 infantile desperation 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 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.