The Supreme Court, has by its ruling unseated Senator Ali Modu Sheriff as the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
The apex court, in a unanimous decision by a five-man panel of Justices, handed leadership of the party to the Senator Ahmed Markafi-led National Working Committee.
Justice Bode Rhodes-Vivour who pronounced the verdict validated the National Convention PDP held in Port Harcourt on May 21, 2016, where the Sheriff led National Executive Committee, NEC, was dissolved. Validation was done on the basis that 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.
This final verdict brings to a close a protracted battle of power that rocked the PDP.