By Bayo Bernard
Jubilation has erupted in the camp of Senator Mohammed Makrfi led faction of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP following the Supreme Court’s judgment which upheld its right to appeal the Court of Appeal ruling affirming Alimodu Sherrif National Chairman of the party. No fewer than 10 states supporting the Makarfi faction have been celebrating since the apex court’s ruling.
Recall that a Port Harcourt Appeal Court had on February 16 affirmed Sheriff as the authentic Chairman of the former ruling party, after sacking the Makarfi’s committee.
The magazine’s correspondents across the country report that some state governors have been throwing secret parties in support of the ruling. The Sherif’s faction had moved a motion at the apex court requesting the appeal be thrown out. But the Justice Walter Onnoghen led panel has rejected the motion on the strength that it has no basis.
Consequently, the apex court has now decided to hear the appeal filed by the sacked Caretaker Committee Chairman of the party, Makarfi on behalf of PDP.
From all indications the judgment will definitely not go down well with the group of PDP led by ex-Governor of Borno state. The Sherif’s group is already planning to hold a national convention, to usher in new leaders of the party later in June this year.
The ruling therefore, may have dealt a serious blow to the future plan of the group and its supporters across the country.
Also, the development may have temporarily stopped the movement supporters who are planning to leave the PDP for another party due to the uncertainty hovering around the former ruling party.
Before the apex court ruling, there were signs that some leaders of the parry were no longer happy with the situation in the PDP, and were planning to move out en masse to a yet to be known party. For instance, Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti state, one of the strong pillars of Makarfi group had recently removed PDP flag from the party’s secretariat in Ado Ekiti, the state’s capital.
Hordes of other PDP supporters have also moved out of the party, to join the ruling All progressives Congress, APC to protest the entrenched division within the party. A member of House of Representatives Edward Pwajok, representing Jos/Jos East Constituency, from Plateau state also dumped the party for APC, during a plenary attended by Plateau state governor Solomon Lalung.
Another PDP stalwart from Lagos state and former governorship candidate, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro has been reported to be planning to dump the party for APC. But he later shelved the idea following what his close aides said was the senator’s decision to await the apex court’s ruling on the matter.
The ruling has great implication for the troubled PDP aside the fact that it portens a big setback for the former ruling party. But worst hit is the Sherif’s faction which has been trying to consolidate its hold on the party. The group will now have to hold back on other plans until the Supreme court makes a final pronouncement over the issue. Until then, the Makarfi group can enjoy the frenzy while it last.