GODWIN TSA, Abuja
The protracted leadership crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) reached a climax on Thursday as a Federal High court sitting in Abuja again affirmed Senator Ali Modu Sheriff as the authentic National chairman party.
Consequently, Justice Okon Abang nullified the appointment of Ahmed Makarfi as caretaker committee chairman.
In his ruling earlier today, Justice Abang held that the purported convention of the party held in port-Harcourt on May 20, 2016, was conducted in violation of the two court orders of the Lagos Division of the Federal High court which barred the PDP, INEC from holding the said convention.
The court further restrained the Makarfi-led Caretaker committee from exercising any authority or taking any decision on behalf of the party being an illegal body.
Justice Abang who ruled on the crisis between two senior advocate of Nigeria Mr. Olagoke Fakunle and Ferdinand Obi over legal representation for the PDP in the legal suit, said that Makarfi faction which appointed Obi has no legal authority to do so.
He held that the letter by Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led Committee appointing Obi SAN, as counsel for PDP was illegal, unlawful and was accordingly set aside by the court on the ground that Makarfi has no legal justification to appoint a lawyer for PDP or take any decisiin carry out any act on behalf of the party.
Justice Abang upheld the appointment of Olagoke Fakunle SAN having been appointed to represent PDP by the Ali Modu sheriff led committee.
The judge took a swipe at the Makarfi led group for missing their way to Port Harcourt our to obtained a judgement form a division of a Federal High Court which is a court of co-ordinate jurisdiction to that of Lagos.