Breaking: Supreme Court Declares Makarfi Chairman Of PDP
The leadership tussle in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) seems over.
The Supreme Court in its judgement on Wednesday ruled that Senator Ahmed Makarfi is the national chairman of Nigeria's main opposition party.
After the court gave a notice to the party that it would give its judgement on the case between the PDP, Ali Modu Sheriff and 4 others, there was panic in the camps of the two factions - Senator Makarfi and Sheriff.
They were all waiting for Wednesday to come.
It is finally here.
A 3-man Supreme Court panel has decided who the National Chairman of the PDP is.
The panel led by Justice Olabode Rhodes-Vivour, ruled that Senator Ali-Modu Sheriff ceases to be the party’s national chairman.
Ahmed Makarfi should take over the leadership of the party, they ruled.
This ruling is expected to bring an end to the leadership tussle in the party that has lasted for over a year.
Senator Ali Modu Sheriff had laid claim to the leadership position after he secured earlier court rulings in his favour.
Crisis began in May 2016 in Port Harcourt when some members of the party's executive removed Senator Sheriff and established a caretaker committee, with Senator Makarfi as its chair.
Senator Sheriff, who had obtained a court order stopping the convention from holding, insisted that his removal was illegal and an abuse of court order. He continued to carry himself as the chairman of the party.
Two factions were formed, scuttling the party's chances of making a remarkable feat in governorship elections held in Edo State and Ondo State. While the tussle lasted, two candidates were usually presented to the electoral body for every elections the party took part in.
The sign that there would be an end to the tussle soon showed in the decision of the party to present just a candidate in last weekend’s Senatorial District election in Osun State to replace a dead Senator.
It is not clear how the Sheriff faction will welcome the judgement, but the Supreme court is the apex court for persons to seek redress in Nigeria. One thing is for sure, the party has its eyes on 2019 to bounce back.