Modu Sheriff was Validly Removed, PDP Tells Court


· Says Port Harcourt convention duly convened by NEC

Ernest Chinwo in Port Harcourt

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Thursday told the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt 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 also stated that the National Convention was convened by the National Executive Committee (NEC) headed by the former National Acting Chairman, Sheriff, who himself participated in pre-convention events including his participation in the screening exercise.

Making the submission on behalf of the PDP at the Federal High Court in Port Harcourt presided over by Justice Abdullahi Liman, counsel to the PDP, Oladejo Laminkanra (SAN), in an originating summons stated: “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.”

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