...I’ll ap­peal – Sher­iff

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - By Saawua Terzungwe

The em­bat­tled na­tional chair­man of the Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party (PDP), Sen­a­tor Ali Modu Sher­iff, has said that he will ap­peal the judg­ment of the Fed­eral High Court which af­firmed his sack as chair­man of the party.

Ad­dress­ing a press con­fer­ence in Abuja, yes­ter­day, Sher­iff said that the order of the Fed­eral High Court, sit­ting in Abuja, which au­then­ti­cated his po­si­tion as chair­man sub­sisted, point­ing out that the court’s order can­not be set aside by a court of equal ju­ris­dic­tion.

He said that only the Court of Ap­peal can up­turn the rul­ing of a high court, adding: “We dis­agree with to­day’s (yes­ter­day) judge­ment com­pletely. We’ve asked our lawyers to im­me­di­ately file an ap­peal and also ask the same Fed­eral High Court for stay of ex­e­cu­tion be­cause there are three or­ders be­fore his (judge’s) own, which are of the same 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.

”The court that gave judge­ment in Abuja, last week, and the Fed­eral High Court in La­gos and the Port Harcourt court have same com­pe­tent ju­ris­dic­tion.”

Re­act­ing to the judg­ment, Makarfi ex­pressed his hap­pi­ness say­ing: “I am also sad that it had to come to this. For me, there should be no win­ner or loser on this mat­ter. I’m still call­ing on Sen­a­tor Ali Modu Sher­iff and his fol­low­ers to join us so that we ac­com­mo­date one an­other and, in­deed, all other groups in a just, fair and eq­ui­table man­ner, with a view to mov­ing the party for­ward.”

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