Sheriff had asked the court to refuse hearing on the application filed by Makarfi, challenging the February 17 judgement of the Appeal Court in Port Harcourt which made Sheriff Chairman of the party.

Sheriff in the application asked the apex court to not to hear Makarfi’s appeal because he could not initiate legal proceedings in the name of the party, having been sacked by the appeal court.

At the court on Monday, Akin Olujimi, counsel to Sheriff, said Wole Olanipekun, counsel to Markafi, is abusing the court by using two processes to sustain his appeal.

On his part, Olanipekun urged the court to allow his appeal challenging the appeal court’s judgment.

In a short ruling on the application, a five-member panel led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen, said the application by Mr. Makarfi was considered valid since it complied with the rules of the Supreme Court.

Onnoghen said according to the Supreme Court rules, an application challenging a decision of a lower court ought to have come within three months after the ruling of the lower court.

The party was dethroned by the APC in the 2015 general elections with former president Goodluck Jonathan accepting defeat and handing over peacefully to Muhammadu Buhari. Since then, the party has been broken into two factions with each laying claim to the leadership of the party.