Appeal Court Confirms Ali Modu Sheriff As PDP Chairman

L-R: Factional leaders of PDP Ali Modu Sheriff and Ahmed Makarfi

By Ogbolu George

A Court of Appeal sitting in Port Harcourt, on Friday, ruled in favour of former Borno State governor Ali Modu Sheriff as the national chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

Two of  the three judges ruled in favour of  Ali-Modu Sheriff, while the other judge ruled in favour of Ahmed Makarfi, the former Kaduna State Governor.

The Appeal Court judgement set aside an earlier judgement by Justice Mohammed Liman of the Federal High Court in Rivers State, which recognised, Ahmed Makarfi as the leader of the party.

The PDP national convention held in Port-Harcourt in 2016, had dissolved the Ali-Modu Sheriff faction, which led to an intense legal battle at various courts across Nigeria.

Party members from both factions had on numerous occasions expressed their readiness to obey the ruling of the Appeal Court.


The judgement may however bring peace to the party, except the Makarfi faction decides to challenge the ruling at the Supreme Court.

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