Sheriff Meets Osinbajo

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Omololu Ogunmade in Abuja

Ousted embattled National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ali Modu Sheriff, yesterday met Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo behind closed-door in the State House, Abuja.

After the meeting which lasted for about two hours, Sheriff avoided journalists and left through the side entrance of the vice-president’s office.

Sheriff who drove into the Presidential Villa at about 3.30p.m left at some minutes past 5.

Since he was ousted by the Supreme Court on July 12 after a protracted legal battle with the National Caretaker Committee of the party led by Senator Ahmed Makarfi, Sheriff had hardly been seen in the public.

He also failed to attend the non-elective convention of the PDP on August 12 in Abuja apparently in expression of his disappointment over his sack by the apex court.

The purpose of his visit to the vice-president for such a long meeting yesterday remains unknown.
It is however, not in doubt that Sheriff is striving hard to rebuild his badly damaged political career.
Following his sack by the five-man panel of justices of the Supreme Court led by Justice Bode Rhodes-Vivour, Makarfi was proclaimed by the court as the bonafide chairman of the party.

The court held that the May 21, 2016 convention of the party was legally constituted and in accordance with the party’s constitution.

It consequently upturned the earlier judgment of the Appeal Court which sacked the Makarfi-led caretaker committee and declared Sheriff as the authentic PDP chairman.

Since then, peace and sanity had returned to the party which had hitherto been torn apart by crisis which accompanied Sheriff’s removal in the 2016 Port Harcourt convention of the party and replaced him with Makarfi.
In recent times, there had been rumours of Sheriff’s return to APC following his over one year of misadventure in PDP.

The rumours had however been denied while the former governor of Borno State has continued to give PDP a wide berth.