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BREAKING: Supreme Court affirms Makarfi as PDP chairman

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Jaafar Jaafar is a graduate of Mass Communication from Bayero University, Kano. He was a reporter at Daily Trust, an assistant editor at Premium Times and now the editor-in-chief of Daily Nigerian.
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The Supreme Court has on Wednesday declared Senator Ahmed Makarfi chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

With the apex court’s ruling, Mr Makarfi’s position as chairman of the caretaker committee of the PDP has been restored, while senator Ali Modu Sheriff ceases to be the party’s chairman.

A three-member panel of the court presided by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen, carpeted Mr Sheriff for “infantile desperation to lead the party.”

Reading the judgement, a member of the panel, Rhodes Vivour, said:“He demonstrated an infantile desperation to lead the PDP by filing almost 10 different applications in various courts. They shall forever gather dust in judicial archives.

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“The subject matter in the issue is Article 33; 35 and 47.

“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.”

He added that “when Mr Sheriff abandoned the national convention in May 2016, the party asked his deputy to stand in for him, making his attendance noted at the convention.
“May is not the same thing as shall,” therefore “a national officer could be removed without a vote of no confidence.
“There can be no doubt that the National convention has enormous powers over the party,” Mr Vivour said, faulting the lower court for declaring the conduct of the national convention as illegal.
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