Chris Steven, Abuja
The Supreme Court, on Wednesday sacked Ali Modu Sheriff, the factional National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP).
The court, in an unanimous decision by a five-man panel of Justices, handed leadership of the party to Ahmed Markafi-led National Working Committee, NWC, of the party.
The ruling has laid to rest months of politicking and intrigues within the main opposition pary.
Justice Bode Rhodes-Vivour who read the lead verdict validated the National Convention PDP held in Port Harcourt on May 21, 2016, where the Sheriff led National Executive Committee, (NEC) was dissolved.
He said the convention was not conducted in disobedience to any court order.
The apex court accused Sheriff of engaging in forum shopping, saying he “displayed infantile desperation to cling to office at all cost”. Consequently, it awarded a cost of N200, 000 each, against Sheriff and Wale Oladipo who acted as National Secretary of the party under him. Judgement of the apex court brought to an end a protracted leadership crisis that rocked the former ruling party.