Supreme Court adjourns hearing on PDP leadership crises

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The Supreme Court, on Thursday, adjourned hearing on the leadership crisis rocking the Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, till May 25.

A five-man panel of Justices of the apex court fixed the date to hear an appeal that is challenging the judgment that declared Senate Ali Modu Sheriff as the authentic National Chairman of the party.

The appeal was lodged by the Senator Ahmed Markafi-led Caretaker Committee of the party which was sacked by the Port Harcourt Division of the Court of Appeal on February 7.

The Supreme Court panel which was headed by Justice Musa Dattijo Mohammed okayed full-blown hearing on the matter after all the parties regularized various processes they filed in respect of the appeal.

The Markafi-led faction had in the appeal dated February 27, which they filed in the name of the PDP, challenged the appellate court verdict that handed leadership of the party to Sheriff.

Respondents to the appeal are Sheriff, his National Secretary, Prof. Wale Oladipo, the Independent National Electoral Commission, the Inspector-General of Police and the State Security Service.

BY JUDE