Nigeria apex court, Supreme Court of Nigeria, on Wednesday declared Ahmed Markafi as the authentic National Chairman of the opposition party People’s Democratic Party (PDP) restricting Senator Ali Modu Sheriff from further parading himself as the acting National Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
In an unanimous decision by a five-man panel of Justices, leadership of the party was handed to the Senator Ahmed Markafi-led National Working Committee (NWC) of the party.
Justice Bode Rhodes-Vivour who read the lead verdict validated the National Convention of the opposition party 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. Chieftains of the party were seen celebrating to the ruling.