The faction of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, led by Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, has denied reports that it was sacked by an Abuja High Court yesterday.
The court, presided over by Justice Valentine Ashi, on Wednesday nullified the 2014 PDP constitution amendment upon which Sheriff was appointed PDP acting chairman.
Justice Ashi described the purported amendment as illegal and a violation of the Electoral Act, adding that all action carried out on that mandate, including anybody parading as officer of the PDP, is illegal.
While the National Caretaker Committee of the party headed by Senator Ahmed Makarfi, with whom Sheriff has been having a leadership tussle with, expressed satisfaction with yesterday’s judgment, the latter’s faction said the court did not sack the former Borno State Governor from office as national chairman of the PDP.
The Sheriff faction insisted that the judgment was being misinterpreted.
In a statement yesterday by its National Secretary, Prof. Adewale Oladipo, the Sheriff faction said: “This is completely false and a clear misrepresentation of the ruling of the court as it never gave any ruling ousting the national chairman.
“Our attention has been drawn to reports circulating in the media that a Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court has ousted the National Chairman of the PDP, Senator Ali-Modu Sheriff.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the court only heard and delivered judgment on a matter concerning certain amendments in the PDP constitution, which has nothing to do with the election of Senator Ali Modu Sheriff as the national chairman or even that of his predecessor, Alhaji Adamu Muazu.
“Senator Ali Modu Sheriff was duly elected as the national chairman of the PDP. He still holds office as the national chairman and has not been removed by any court.
“We therefore urge those misleading the media and the unsuspecting public to desist from such. The media is also urged to always cross-check their facts before going to press”.