The leadership tussle rocking the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) may have come to a decisive end. The Supreme Court, on Wednesday, affirmed the authenticity of the Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led National Working Committee of the party.
The apex court, in an unanimous decision by a five-man panel of Justices, validated the PDP National Convention held in Port Harcourt on May 21, 2016, that dissolved the Senator Ali Modu Sheriff-led National Executive Committee.
Justice Bode Rhodes-Vivour who read the lead verdict said the convention was not conducted in disobedience to any court order.
The apex court said Sheriff “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.
Reacting to the development, Oseloka H. Obaze, a frontline PDP governorship aspirant in the November 18 governorship election in Anambra state said the judgement is a win-win for all members of the party.
According to him, “Today’s Judgement is a win-win for all PDP members. We salute their courage in exhaustively addressing this matter using the judicial process. The outcome and decision strengthens our democracy.
“The Supreme Court affirmation of HE Gov. Ahmed Mohammed Makarfi as the indisputable and authentic chairman of PDP, has put a definitive end to the internal squabbles that has adversely affected our dear and great party. We congratulate our Chairman and his Executives.
“This moment and outcome does not call for triumphalism but for regrouping the PDP family; our umbrella is large enough to accommodate us all. We must come together to serve our people and return Nigeria to its place as an inclusive nation.” Obaze concluded.