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Sheriff "I remain PDP chairman despite court judgement" - Ex-senator insists

Ali Modu Sheriff has reacted to the ruling by an Abuja High court which upheld his sack as chairman of the PDP.

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Ali Modu Sheriff has reacted to the ruling by an Abuja High court which upheld his sack as chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

A high court sitting in Kubwa, a satellite town in Abuja on Wednesday, August 18, 2016 restrained Sheriff from parading himself as the chairman of the PDP.

The Sheriff-led group has stated that the judgment of the courts does not affect his position as PDP chairman.

Dr Cairo Ojuogboh, the factional deputy chairman of the party while speaking with journalists in Abuja noted that "Sheriff is covered by the provisions of the constitution of the party 2012 which provides that a member of the party from the zone can replace any member of the National Working Committee that quits his position."

He noted that Sheriff will appeal the decision of the court.

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"When you are too much in a hurry to kill your enemy, sometimes you kill yourself. Some persons went to justice Ashi and Sheriff was not party to the case. Justice Ashi gave judgement based on what was placed before Justice Ashi.

"Sheriff was not party to it and we have appealed it and asked for stay of execution. In that ruling, Justice Ashi annulled the amendment of the 2014 PDP constitution.

"In annulling it, we go back to 2012 constitution. In that constitution, it is stated that when an NWC member leaves his office by virtue of death or anything, somebody from that particular zone will be nominated and appointed to complete his tenure and continue in office until the next convention. That is what happened. The court annulled the 2014 constitution as amended, it does not affect Sheriff in any way.

"He will now stand on the 2012 constitution. We have taken it back to the court in an appeal. We will have an opportunity to rebuild the PDP,” Ojuogboh said.

Recall that Justice Valentine Ashi, had on Wednesday, June 19, 2016 nullified the 2014 amended constitution of the PDP through which Sheriff was appointed chairman.

He held that the process leading to the amendment of Article 47(6) of the party’s constitution did not comply with the provisions in Section 66(2) and (3) of the constitution.

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