Ali Sheriff, a factional leader of the Peoples Democratic Party, who addressed journalists on Thursday as regards his faction’s loss in the supreme court case which determined what faction of the party has produced the legitimate PDP candidate for the Ondo governorship election coming up on Saturday, said that, their loss of the case has nothing to do with his position as the leader of the party. He maintained that he remains the leader of the party.
Mr. Sheriff said it was surprising that the media reported he had been replacend.
Mr. Sheriff said the court ruling had nothing to do with the lingering leadership tussle with another faction of the party led by Ahmed Makarfi, a former governor of Kaduna State.
He said the leadership tussle is a separate matter altogether which is yet to be determined by the courts.
What was resolved by the supreme court was only as regards governorship candidate for the upcoming state election. Therefore as it stands, he is still the legitimate leader of the party
“I am surprised at some of the reporting you media people are carrying; all the reporting yesterday was not correct because the issue in the lower court, is the issue of governorship of Ondo state,” he said.
“The Court of Appeal has not touched on who is the leader or who is the substantive national chairman of the PDP.”
“The case between the two factions was still at the Court of Appeal.” he said.
The Abuja Division of the Appeal Court had on Wednesday upturned the decision of the Federal High Court and sacked the candidate of the Sheriff faction for the Ondo governorship election, which is holding on Saturday.
On Thursday, the Supreme Court upheld the decision of the Appeal Court.
Written by Okolo Ezinne