Ali Modu Sheriff
The factional chairman of Nigeria’s main opposition party, Ali Modu Sheriff, has won his case at the Appeal Court.

The Appeal Court said on Friday that Mr. Modu Sheriff is the authentic Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party, a decision that may lead to chaos and confusion in the opposition party.

The court upheld Justice Abang’s judgement. The ruling may have therefore sacked the Ahmed Makarfi-faction of the party.

The three judges of the court in a unanimous decision agreed that the Modu Sheriff is the chairman of the PDP.

Both factions had said they would abide by the outcome of the appeal court verdict for peace to reign and the party to regain its footing.

A Federal High Court in Port Harcourt had last year given legitimacy to Makarfi as the chairman of the party, while another court of coordinate jurisdiction in Abuja, headed by Justice Okon Abang, had ruled that Sheriff was the PDP Chairman.

With those ruling PDP has been having two factions and has nor been able to challenge the All Progressives Congress.

An appeal court in Abuja had on December 16, 2016, adjourned indefinitely, the separate hearing in the leadership tussle so as to pave way for the Port Harcourt division of the court to exhaust the case before it.

Online newspaper, PMNews said “both Makarfi and Sheriff have been operating from satellite offices following the closure of the national headquarters of the party, at Wadata Plaza in Abuja.

“The crisis in the PDP is also raging in many states where Makarfi and Sheriff share the loyalty of members,” the newspaper added..

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