Reinstated National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ali Modu Sheriff has started the process to stop an appeal by caretaker committee chairman Ahmed Makarfi to the Supreme Court seeking to challenge the judgment which affirmed him as the authentic leader of the party.
Sheriff has made an application for the withdrawal of an appeal filed in the name of the party by the Ahmed Makarfi-led faction.
Makarfi had filed an appeal on February 27 challenging Sheriff as chairman of the PDP.
In their motion to discontinue the appeal before the Supreme Court, Sheriff and his National Secretary, Prof. Wale Oladipo, argued that no ground of law supported the appeal.
It stated that none of Makarfi, Senator Ben Dayo Obi and Adeyeye could continue to act in any capacity as the representatives of the party.
The court paper read in part, “More importantly, however, the persons who have instigated the filing of the appeal and instructed lawyers to act for the appellant (namely Senator Ahmed Makarfi, Senator Ben Obi, and Mr. Dayo Adeyeye, who continue to style and parade themselves as the ‘National Caretaker Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party’), do not have the authority or power to do so.
“The corporate personality of the appellant can only be invoked by its legal alter ego, vide the National Working Committee/National Executive Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party, consisting of the first and second respondents (Sheriff and Oladipo) and other officers represented by them, not Senators Ahmed Makarfi, Senator Ben Obi, and Mr. Adeyeye, who are not officers of the appellant (the PDP) at all, as confirmed by the judgment of the lower court .”