Court sacks Sheriff as PDP chairman
Supreme Court, has on Wednesday, July 12, sacked Senator Ali Modu Sheriff as the National Chairman of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The Court, in an unanimous decision by a five-man panel of Justices, handed the leadership of the party to the Senator, Ahmed Markafi-led National Working Committee (NWC) of the part.
Presiding judge, Justice Bode Rhodes-Vivour, read the lead verdict and validated the National Convention PDP held in Port Harcourt on May 21, 2016, where the Sheriff led National Executive Committee (NEC), was dissolved.
He said the convention was not conducted in disobedience to any court order.
The apex court accused Sheriff of engaging in forum shopping, saying he “displayed infantile desperation to cling to office at all cost”.
Consequently, it awarded a cost of N200, 000 each, against Sheriff and Prof. Wale Oladipo who acted as National Secretary of the party under him. Judgement of the apex court brought to an end a protracted leadership crisis that rocked the former ruling party.