Justice Valentine Ashi of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja on Friday warned former acting national chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ali Modu Sherriff, from further parading himself in that capacity.
The ruling of the FCT High Court came after Sheriff, through his team of lawyers, approached the court with a motion seeking the setting aside of the June 29, 2016 judgement of the court which nullified the December 2014 amendment to article 57(c) of the constitution of the PDP.
The amended article was the basis on which Sheriff was nominated from the North-East to complete the term of office left by he original occupant of the office, Adamu Mu’azu, who also hails from the zone.
The amendment was done on the grounds of political expediency following the resignation of Bamanga Tukur, to allow for Adamu Mu’azu’s emergence to complete the tenure zoned to the north-eastern part of the story.
However, following Mu’azu’s resignation after leading the PDP to a major electoral catastrophe, Sheriff, also from the North-East, was brought in to pilot the affairs of the party.
But the court described the amendment to the PDP constitution as illegal and declared it null and void, including all actions taken on the basis of that amendment, effectively pulling the carpet off the feet of Sheriff who has continued to lay claim to the party leadership.
An attempt by Sheriff to have the court reverse itself met a brick wall on Friday as Justice Ashi threw out his motion as an abuse of the court process.
Sheriff’s grouse was that the PDP was not represented in the proceedings leading up to the judgement, but looking through his records, the judge affirmed that the party was adequately represented by counsel.
The judge insisted that his decision stands, and anyone acting on the basis of the annulled amended provisions of the party’s constitution stands restrained.