PDP crisis: S’Court strikes out Sheriff’s suit, okays Makarfi’s appeal

The Supreme Court has struck out an application by National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Ali Modu Sheriff in which he prayed the court not to hear the appeal by Ahmed Makarfi, National Caretaker Committee Chairman of the party.

Makarfi had filed an appeal challenging the judgement of the Appeal Court sitting in Port Harcourt which sacked him as the national chairman of the party and confirmed Sheriff as the chairman.

However, Sheriff in his application urged the Supreme Court not to hear Makarfi’s appeal because he could not initiate legal proceedings in the name of party, having been sacked by the Appeal Court.

But a five-member panel of the apex court led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Walter Onnoghen, held that the application by Makarfi was considered valid as it complied with the rules of the Supreme Court.

After listening to both sides, in an unanimous judgement, the Justices allowed the appeal.

“In this circumstance, we find merit in the appeal which is accordingly granted,” the panel of justices ruled.


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