Thursday, November 24

I remain PDP chairman, says Sheriff

I remain PDP chairman, says Sheriff

Ali Modu Sheriff, factional chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), says he remains the substantive leader of the party.

Sherrif said that there moves to reconcile the two factions of the party, insisting the party is one.

The Abuja division of the court of appeal on Wednesday had nullified the ruling of Okon Abang, a judge of the federal high court Abuja, who declared the Ahmed Makarfi faction of the party illegal.

The appeal court said Markafi was not given fair hearing at the trial court because he was not allowed to join the matter as an interested party.

But speaking with journalists on Thursday, Sheriff said he remained chairman of the party until the Port Harcourt division of appeal court says otherwise.

“I’m surprised at some of the reporting you media people are carrying, all the reporting yesterday was not correct because the issue in the lower court, is the issue of governorship of Ondo state,” Sheriff said.

“That issue is between the state chairmen and the chairmen of the other group, the court of appeal has not touched anything on who is the leader or who is the substantive national chairman of the PDP that is the issue in the court of appeal. The supreme court says the court of appeal to hear that matter.

“If the court appeal decides that they should hear that matter – saying Makarfi is the chairman, there is no issue like this, Ali Sheriff remains the substantive chairman of the PDP until the court of appeal sitting in Port Harcourt (gives judgement otherwise) – and the supreme court also ask the court now to go and hear that matter, so therefore the issue of discussion therefore is between Jegede and Jimoh Ibrahim. We are not party to it.

We will abide by any decision of court, we are law-abiding citizens.

On reconciliation plans, he said: “We will reconcile, the thing is that being in court does not stop the parties from talking. PDP is one”.

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