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Appeal Court affirms Sheriff as PDP chairman
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Appeal Court affirms Sheriff as PDP chairman

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The Court of Appeal sitting in Port Harcourt has affirmed former governor of Borno state, Ali Modu Sheriff
, as the genuine national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

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

The PDP has not been able to play the role of leading opposition to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) because of the crisis ravaging it from within.

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.

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.

Chieftains of the party from the two sides had at various fora expressed readiness to abide by the outcome of the appeal court verdict with a view to bringing lasting peace in the party.

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