PDP crisis: Makarfi and Sheriff

The Appeal Court has refused to make ruling a matter involving the two warring factions of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). At the sitting at the Abuja division of the court today, November 1, the court said ruling on the matter has suspended indefinitely.

The court’s decision was based on a petition against the judges presiding over the matter.

The petition we gathered accused the judges of being biased in their decisions on the matter. The Ali Modu-Sheriff and Ahmed Makarfi faction of the PDP have battled the leadership of Nigeria’s famous opposition party.Although at some point both factions moved towards a reconciliation process, the bitterness seems to have developed again following court judgements on the Ondo PDP election matter.

The Makarfi led group of the party had earlier filed an appeal seeking the nullification of a judgment given by Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court in Abuja. Makarfi asked the appellate court to declare as null and void the decision of Justice Abang to nullify his candidacy. Abang had also nullified the pronouncement of the Makarfi faction’s Ondo gubernatorial candidate Eyitayo Jegede. He said his decision approving Ibrahim Jimoh as the authentic PDP candidate in Ondo state remains unchanged. The judge said his decision was premised on his June 29 judgement where his court declared as null and void the proceedings of the PDP convention which appointed a caretaker committee with Mr. Makarfi as chairman. Meanwhile, the electoral body has also reiterated that prior to an Appeal Court’s decision on the matter, Ibrahim would remain the flag bearer for the party in the state.
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