PDP LEADERSHIP CRISIS: Factional Leaders Shift Battle to Courts

Top leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have shifted their battle for the control of the party to court.

A federal high court in Lagos has declared that Ali Modu Sheriff still remains the interim national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Justice Ibrahim Buba, ruling on an application filed by the Kashamu faction, declared the caretaker committee appointed by the PDP state governors to run the party, as illegal.

The judge ordered the Inspector General of Police, to enforce his order by preventing the PDP caretaker committee from taking over affairs at the party’s national headquarters in Abuja.

The PDP state governors at the last Saturday national convention in Port Harcourt, had removed sheriff and other members of the national working committee from office, and replaced them with a caretaker committee headed by former governor Ahmad Makarfi.

Meanwhile, another federal high court sitting in Abuja, had okayed the caretaker committee appointed by the PDP state governors to take over from the national working committee led by Ali Modu Sheriff.

Justice A.Liman ruling in an application granted an interim injunction ordering sheriff and the National Secretary, Professor Wale Oladipo from parading themselves as elected officers of PDP.

He also ordered sheriff and other members of the national working committee, sacked at the Port Harcourt convention, not to submit themselves as PDP officials or nominate themselves as official candidates of the party, to the independent national electoral commission (INEC)

Justice Liman also ordered INEC to recognize the Markafi led caretaker committee on matters concerning PDP primaries until the determination of the substantive application.

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