Court of Appeal Dismisses Pending Suits on PDP Leadership


The Abuja division of the Court of Appeal, on Thursday, dismissed four appeals relating to the leadership tussle in the Peoples Democratic Party between the Ahmed Makarfi and Ali Modu Sheriff factions.

The three-man panel of the Court of Appeal, led by Justice Ibrahim Saulawa, dismissed the appeals after they were withdrawn by the appellants on Thursday.

The Makarfi faction, which filed the four appeals through their lawyers, withdrew the matters on the grounds that they had become academic since the July 12, 2017 judgment of the Supreme Court had settled all the issues relating to the PDP leadership crisis.

The Supreme Court had in its judgment in the appeal numbered SC/133/2017 nullified the earlier majority judgment of the Port Harcourt Division of the Court of Appeal of February 17, 2017 recognising Sheriff as the authentic chairman of the party.

The apex court’s verdict sacked Sheriff as the chairman of the party and affirmed the Makarfi’s Caretaker Committee as the authentic leaders of the party.

The four appeals dismissed by the Court of Appeal in Abuja on Thursday were numbered CA/A/402/2016; CA/A/402A/2016, CA/A/402B/2016 and CA/A/551/2016.

They all emanated from the judgments of the Federal High Court in Abuja, one of which retrieved the PDP ticket in the last year’s governorship election in Ondo State from Mr. Eyitayo Jegede and gave it to Mr Jimoh Ibrahim.

Although, the Court of Appeal eventually returned the governorship ticket to Jegede, the appellants had maintained that they would proceed with the four appeals relating to some of the decisions of the Federal High Court which recognised the Sheriff faction as the one competent to brief lawyers on behalf of the party.

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The Sheriff faction was joined as respondents in all the four appeals.

In some of the appeals, leaders of the Sheriff faction in Ondo and Edo states, Chief Benson Akingboye and Ehiozuwa Agbonayinma, were joined as respondents.

In another, Biyi Poroye and eight others were joined as respondents.

 Counsel representing the Makarfi faction in the separate appeals, Mr Yunus Ustaz (SAN), Ferdinand Orbih (SAN), and Mr David Iorhemba , announced the withdrawal of the appeals on Thursday.

The lawyer who represented the Sheriff faction on Thursday, Mr. Olumide Olujinmi, agreed that the cases had become academic.

He did not object to the withdrawal of the appeals.

The appeals were then dismissed by the court.

The Punch

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