- Sacked former chairman of the PDP Ali Modu Sheriff, has appealed to all party members to remain steadfast in prayers for Nigeria as he awaits a briefing by his lawyers on the court’s judgement
- Sheriff stressed his demands that the opposition party must be given back to the owners at the grassroots to always elect their party officials
- The former Borno state governor had initially sent out a tweet congratulating senator Ahmed Makarfi on his victory
Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, the ousted former national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has made a complete turn-around, after initially congratulating Ahmed Makarfi over his victory at the Supreme Court.
In an interview with Punch, Sheriff stated that he was in shock over the ruling, and was waiting to be briefed by his lawyers about the situation.
His new reaction was contained in a statement signed in Abuja on Thursday July 13 by Dr. cairo Ojuogboh, his erstwhile deputy; and Bernard Mikko, his faction’s former spokesperson.
The statement read: “We received with shock the 12th July judgement of the Supreme Court on the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party.
“Though we still await the full written judgement of the highest court from our lawyers who will fully brief us on the details of the judgement; in the interim, we ask all members and supporters to remain steadfast in prayers for Nigeria.
“Meanwhile, we continue with our avowed demands that the party must be given back to the owners at the grassroots to always elect their party officials and those to contest elections for them at all levels.
“Internal democracy must be institutionalized in the party.”
NAIJ.com had earlier reported that Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, the sacked national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), reacted to the judgement of the Supreme Court which ruled in favor of Ahmed Makarfi.
The ousted former chairman posted his response on his twitter handle, @SenAliSheriff.
As he tweeted:
The Supreme Court’s ruling booting Sheriff out of office follows a long protracted battle within the party between the Sheriff and Makarfi factions.
Various reactions from party members have trailed the decision since.
Recall that NAIJ.com previously reported that the Supreme Court on Wednesday, July 12, removed Ali Modu Sheriff as the national chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), reinstating Senator Ahmed Makarfi as the authentic leader.
The five man panel of the apex court led by the chief justice of Nigeria Walter Onnoghen, in its judgment delivered, reinstated Makarfi who was earlier sacked by the Port Harcourt Division of the Court of Appeal, as the National Caretaker Committee chairman.
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