MORE CONFUSION IN PDP AS COURTS STOP MAKARFI, SHERIFF

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Modu Sheriff
• The former Borno State Governor claiming to be chairman after being sacked by the convention. The Federal High Court in Lagos says he is Chairman. In Port Harcourt the same court nullified his chairmanship
Ahmed Makarfi
• The former Kaduna State Governor appointed Caretaker Chair by the Port Harcourt convention. In Lagos, the Federal High Court the Committee a nullity. In Port Harcourt, the Court says his committee stands.
Jerry Gana
• The former Information Minister leading a 57-man steering committee appointed by the parallel convention in Abuja. He rejects the Makarfi committee and advocates that the Board of Trustees (BoT) should takeover.
Conflicting rulings in Lagos, Port Harcourt
From convention grounds and party offices, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leaders have moved their legitimacy battle to the court room. The crisis was yesterday deepened by the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos and Port Harcourt, which gave conflicting rulings on the status of the party’s leadership.
After last weekend’s parallel conventions in Port Harcourt and Abuja, three people have been claiming the leadership of the troubled former ruling party. They are: Senator Ahmed Makarfi, the caretaker chairman appointed in Port Harcourt, Prof. Jerry Gana, the Interim Chairman picked in Abuja and Alhaji Ali Modu Sheriff, who was removed by the Governors.

In Lagos, Justice Ibrahim Buba declared the Makarfi-led caretaker panel a nullity. He declared Sheriff as the authentic Chair and ordered the Police to enforce the order.

In Port Harcourt, Justice A.M. Liman stopped Sheriff from parading himself as the Chairman and directed the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to recognise the Makarfi-led caretaker committee. Justice Buba held that the Sheriff-led executive should remain in office until the suit is determined. He ordered the Police to ensure that the order is enforced.

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