Court Sacks Makarfi, Affirms Sheriff As PDP Chairman


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The leadership crisis rocking the
Peoples Democratic Party, PDP,
deepened on Thursday, as the
Federal High Court in Abuja,
sacked the Senator Ahmed
Makarfi-led Caretaker Committee of the party.
The court, in a ruling by Justice
Okon Abang, held that every
action the Committee had taken
since it emerged through a
convention the party purportedly held in Port
Harcourt on May 21, amounted
to a nullity.
“Parties have an
uncompromising duty to obey
court order until it is set aside. The Lagos Division made orders
on May 12 and 20, forbidding
the PDP from removing the
Sheriff-led Caretaker Committee.
That order is still subsisting.
“Having regard to the order of the court, PDP had no lawful
authority to hold the convention
that led to the emergence of the
Markafi-led Committee.
“The convention was unlawfully
held and the Caretaker Committee was unlawfully and
illegally appointed and could not
take any legal decision for the
PDP in view of the subsisting
order of the Lagos Division of
this court. “Consequently, any action taken
by the Markafi-led Committee,
including the purported
mandate for legal representation
in this matter is hereby declared
illegal. “If the Markafi-led Caretaker
Committee, as apostles of
impunity, missed their way to the
Port Harcourt division of this
court, that court could not have
conveniently assumed jurisdiction to set aside the
earlier decision of the Lagos
Division.
“I hold that the Port Harcourt
division of this court cannot
make an order to neutralise the potency of the Lagos Division of
this court dated 12 and 20 May“.
Justice Abang said he would
have voided the judgment of the
Port Harcourt Division for being a
nullity, assuming there was an application to that effect.
He warned politicians not to
cause disaffection among judges
of the High Court, saying “the
culture of impunity must stop in
this country”. “Ali Modu Sheriff is the National
Chairman of the PDP. Any
decision not taken by the Sheriff-
led Committee is not binding on
the PDP”.