The Supreme Court on Wednesday sacked Ali Modu Sheriff as the legitimate Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, handing victory to his opponent Sen. Ahmed Makarfi.
According to the three-member panel of the court presided by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen, Sheriff was sacked for being desperate.
“He demonstrated an infantile desperation to lead the PDP by filing almost 10 different applications in various courts. They shall forever gather dust in judicial archives.”
The court also said Sheriff was not within the category of an “unimpeachable leader,” adding that his removal was not necessarily expected to follow a vote of no confidence.
Although PDP’s constitution allows the party to remove the National leader after two years through a vote of no confidence, the word used to denote Vote of no confidence was ‘may’, which does not indicate compulsory adherence.
“May is not the same thing as shall,” therefore “a national officer could be removed without a vote of no confidence.
“There can be no doubt that the National Convention has enormous powers over the party,” it added.
The court also added that PDP’s constitution allows the deputy national leader of the party to stand in for his principal.
“When Sheriff abandoned the national convention in May 2016, the party asked his deputy to stand in for him, making his attendance noted at the convention”, it said.