PDP: No winner no loser, Makarfi tells Sheriff

SMARTING from High Court judgement, which conferred legitimacy on his leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the Chairman of the National Caretaker Committee of the party, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, has observed that there was neither a winner nor loser in the crisis that has apparently now been resolved by the court.


The Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt had on Monday, affirmed Sheriff’s removal as the national chairman of the PDP as effected by the May 21, 2016 national convention of the party held in the Rivers State capital.


The court, presided over by Justice Mahmoud Liman, ruled that the National Convention of the party was legal and its setting up of the Makarfi-led caretaker committee was also valid.


In his reaction to the judgment in Abuja on Monday, Makarfi appealed to Sheriff to join hands with him to rebuild the PDP.


He averred that even though the court had ruled against the former party boss, Sheriff remained a respected member of the party whose contribution along with his supporters was needed to move the party forward.


However, Makarfi noted with sadness that the leadership crisis in the former ruling party had to be resolved through a court judgement.


The party boss stated: “Am indeed happy with the judgement on the one hand but also sad that it had to come to this.


“For me, there should be no winner or loser on this matter.


“Am still calling on Sen 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 matter with a view to moving the Party forward.”