- Court Sheriff sacked Makarfi affirmed as the PDP Caretaker Chairman
The Supreme Court on Wednesday sacked Ali Sheriff as the National Chairman of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party.
The court also declared Ahmed Makarfi, the caretaker committee chairman, as the authentic leader of the PDP, Nigeria’s largest opposition party.
Reading the judgement, Justice Vivour explains how the national conventional should not have been disregarded by the appeal court.
The subject matter concerns Article 33 of PDP constitution which states:
There shall be a national convention…
All members of the party shall be bound by the decisions of leaders from the National convention.
Article 33 states the supremacy of the National convention.
Article 35 allows for the deputy national chairman.
Sheriff sacked Makarfi affirmed as the PDP Caretaker Chairman
Article 47 states the party may remove the National leader after two years.
May is not the same thing as shall, the judge said. A national officer can be removed without a vote of no confidence.
There can be no doubt that the National convention has enormous powers over the party.