Sheriff Lawfully Sacked …PDP Tells High Court

Rivers State Deputy Governor, Dr. (Mrs) Ipalibo Harry Banigo (left), with Miss Africa Ambassador, United Nations, Miss Tubosoye Charles Dokubo, during a courtesy visit to Government House, Port Harcourt, recently.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has declared that former Acting National Chairman of the party, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff,  was validly removed by the legally constituted  May 21, 2016 National  Convention  of the party which held in Port Harcourt .
The PDP further declared that the caretaker committee  of the party headed by Senator  Ahmed Makarfi was duly appointed  in line with the  Constitution  of  the  party.
The party stated that the National  Convention  was convened by the National Executive Committee headed by  the  former Acting National Chairman,  Senator Modu Sheriff,  who himself  participated in pre-convention events including  his participation  in the screening  exercise.
Counsel to the PDP, Oladejo  Lamikanra, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) told the Federal  High Court, yesterday, in Port Harcourt, presided over by Justice  Abdullahi  Liman, in an originating  summons that: “Modu Sheriff  submitted himself  for screening at the Port Harcourt National Convention. Realising that he has lost his bid to be National Chairman, Modu Sheriff  alone without consent and consultations with the  National Executive Committee  claimed he postponed the convention. Modu Sheriff  had no such powers to postpone a convention approved by the National Executive Committee. “
Lamikanra further argued that: “Modu Sheriff  is not the chairman  of  PDP. He was never elected at any convention and he is subject to the extant judgment of A.B. Mohammed of FCT High Court, which Modu Sheriff is curiously  seeking  to  enforce.
“The FCT High Court Justice A.B. Mohammed had in judgment  of 18 May 2016 in FCT/CV/1443/2016 rejected  Modu Sheriff’s  argument  that he is PDP  Chairman  until 2016. “
The PDP  argued that no court stopped the party from holding its National Convention. It added that the National Constitution  of  the  PDP  was also never suspended, hence, the National  Convention derived its powers from the party’s  constitution.
The party  stated that the interim order of the Federal  High Court sitting in Port Harcourt  stopping  Modu  Sheriff from parading himself  as PDP  Chairman  was still subsisting.
The  PDP  stated, “the Interim Orders could not possibly lapse when Modu Sheriff had an application  asking  court to set aside same order. It could not possibly  lapse when Modu  Sheriff was asking  the  name PDP  to be struck  out  from the suit.
“An interim order met with the applications  mentioned  does not lapse until 14 days after arguments are taken. That is 14 days from May 16, 2016”.
He noted that the suit was filed by the PDP and not Senator Ahmed Makarfi  and Senator Ben Obi  as claimed by the Former  Acting  National Chairman of the party.
Earlier, former Acting National Chairman of PDP, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, had urged the court to dismiss  the  originating summons.
The former Acting  National Chairman through  his counsel, Ajibola Oluyode filed applications  asking the court to set aside the interim order directing  him to stop parading himself  as Acting National  Chairman.
The former acting National  Chairman  also urged the court to strike out the name PDP  from the suit  and subsequently  struck it out.
Justice Abdullahi Liman  adjourned  the  matter to July 4, 2016 for judgment