Senator Ali Modu Sheriff may have won at the Appeal Court in Port Harcourt as the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), but the Chairman of the PDP Governors Forum, Ayodele Fayose, has revealed that the Senator Ahmed Makarfi led Caretaker Committee would appeal the judgement.
Governor Fayose described the reinstatement of Senator Sheriff as the chairman of the party by the court as a rape of democracy.
Truth Will Prevail
“The outcome of the Port Harcourt Court of Appeal judgement that reinstated Ali Modu Sheriff as chairman against the will of the people is nothing but a rape on our democracy.
“If the people truly symbolise what a party is, then the machination of our detractors and anti-democratic forces will not prevail at last.
“Let me commend the minority judgement of the Appeal Court and I believe the truth will prevail; it is a matter of time.
“Let’s thank God we have another level to seek justice, which is the Supreme Court which I believe will not be delayed or denied because when it is delayed, it is denial,” he said.
The governor added that the issue was a party matter which must be addressed as soon as possible.
He said they would appeal the judgement, stating his confidence in the ability of the judiciary to do justice.
“However, we plead with our members, sympathisers, leaders and supporters to calm down,” Fayose said.
The Appeal court which reinstated the new PDP chairman had ruled that the caretaker committee was illegal and cannot act on behalf of the party.
The lead judge, Justice Sanga, stated that due process was not followed in the decision by the PDP convention to dissolve the Sheriff faction, hence should be disregarded.