The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has refuted media claims that the embattled national chairman of the party, Ali Modu-Sheriff was sacked by an Abuja High Court. In a statement signed by the national secretary of the PDP, Adewale Oladipo, the party said the report is false and a misinterpretation of ruling of the court. Oladipo said: “The court never gave any ruling ousting the national chairman.” He said the court only heard and delivered judgement on a matter concerning some amendments in the party’s constitution.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the court only heard and delivered judgment on a matter concerning certain amendments in the PDP constitution, which has nothing to do with the election of Senator Ali Modu Sheriff as the National Chairman or even that of his predecessor, Alhaji Adamu Muazu,” Oladipo said.
He added that Modu-Sheriff was duly elected by the party as its national chairman and still holds office as same. “We therefore urge those misleading the media and the unsuspecting public to desist from such. The media is also urged to always cross-check their facts before going to press,” he said. The media went agog on Wednesday, June 29, on a court ruling against Modu-Sheriff. Since its botched national convention, the PDP have been deep into crisis over the party’s leadership. There have been power tussle between the Modu-Sheriff camp and the Ahmed Makarfi-led caretaker committee that was appointed by some PDP governors at the national convention in Port Harcourt, Rivers state.