Factional leader of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has maintained that even though a Federal High Court in Port-Harcourt on Monday ruled against his leadership of the party, he still remains PDP’s National Chairman.
Sheriff has been embroiled in a messy power tussle since May 21 when he was sacked as the chairman of the party during a controversial national convention. A caretaker committee led by Ahmed Makarfi was immediately constituted.
Sheriff has repeatedly contested that he remains the national leader of the party insisting that the convention at which he was ousted was illegal therefore the decision made therein could not stand.
On Monday though, the Port-Harcourt court ruled against Sheriff’s claim confirming that the party had the legal right to institute a caretaker committee like it did.
Reacting to the judgement of the court, Sheriff said even though he respects the decision of the court, he remains the chairman of the party until the case is decided at an appellate court.
He said, “The court that gave judgement in Abuja last week and the Federal High Court in Lagos and today’s court in Port Harcourt are all courts of the same competent jurisdiction.”
“Therefore, the orders that we have in Abuja is still subsisting.”
“What it means is that unless a Court of Appeal decides otherwise, I still remain the National Chairman of the PDP. Any court that is of the same jurisdiction cannot overrule another court unless it is Court of Appeal.”
He also said, “We disagree with today’s judgment completely. We have asked our lawyers to immediately file an appeal and also ask the same court for stay of execution because there were three orders before his own, which are of coordinate jurisdiction.”
“Unless and until the Court of Appeal, which is a higher court makes a pronouncement contrary to what we have, I still remain the chairman.”