The Ahmed Makarfi-led faction of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) has rejected the ruling of the Appeal Court on the leadership tussle rocking the party that favoured the Ali Modu Sheriff’s faction saying it is a “disgrace to Nigerian democracy”.
It said that it will appeal the judgment immediately at the Supreme Court.
The faction’s position was disclosed by its spokesman, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, while briefing journalists in Port-Harcourt immediately after the ruling.
He alleged that two out of the three Justices that delivered the judgment read a script written by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) neglecting to consider all the issues relevant to the case.
Adeyeye said: “We are disappointed with the Appeal Court Judgment. The lead judgment is very wrong.
“The issues were not considered. It is a disgrace not only to PDP but to Nigerian Democracy as a whole. It is a miscarriage of justice.
“Two out of the 3 man Justices of the Appeal Court gave a scanty judgment in favour of Senator Ali Modu Sheriff while one for Makarfi. The one that spoke in favour of Makarfi considered all the issues. She was thorough.
“In fact, it took the Justice three times the total time it took the other two Justices to deliver their judgment.
“The Judgment has finally shown that the ruling Party, the APC is out to create a one party state in the country.
“Certainly, we are proceeding immediately to the Supreme Court to file an appeal against the ruling of today’s appeal court judgment.”
In his reaction, Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, the highest ranking member of the Party in government urged members of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) not to be anxious over Friday’s ruling of the Court of Appeal in Port Harcourt.
A statement by his media aide, Uche Anichukwu, Ekweremadu said, “There is no cause for alarm. The party leadership will meet as soon as possible to take a decision on the best way forward.
A former Deputy National Chairman of the PDP, Chief Bode George expressed shock over the judgment which he said spelt doom for democracy, adding that the justices had murdered democracy.
Speaking with newsmen in in Lagos, he said the convention of the party could be likened to the Supreme Court as its decision was supreme as entrenched in the party’s constitution.
He said the Makarfi Committee could only be removed by the same National Convention which gave birth to it.
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