Just In: Supreme Court Sacks Sen Ali Modu Sheriff As PDP Chairman

Happiness besets the members of the People Democratic Party, PDP, as the Supreme Court, today, Wednesday, sacked Senator Ali Modu Sheriff as its National Chairman. 

According to reports from Vanguard, the apex court, in an unanimous decision by a five-man panel of Justices, handed leadership of the party to the Senator Ahmed Markafi-led National Working Committee, NWC, of the part.

Justice Bode Rhodes-Vivour who read the lead verdict validate 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. 

This is coming at a time when oppostion to the Ruling party is under par in puting up viable and democratic oppostion front against the ruling party, a Sine Qua Non for every democratic political system.

This inability to pull forces to form an opposition front has fueled allegations from many quarters that the once seemingly intractable crisis in the PDP was a machination of the sacked Chairman, Ali Modu Sheriff to destabilise the PDP, with others arguing that the ruling party, the All Progressives Congress, APC, had installed Sheriff, a former chieftain of the APC, in the PDP to ruin it.

This line of argument also, draws attention to the fact that the APC-led  Federal government may have sought to incapacitate the PDP which is the only National Political Party capable of putting up stronger opposition, in other to run a-one party state, following its widely accepted bizarre performance in the last two years it has lasted in office.



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