PDP Crisis: INEC Decides On Makarfi, Sheriff’s Factions Next Week

PDP Caretaker Chairman, Ahmed Makarfi
PDP Caretaker Chairman, Ahmed Makarfi

The independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, will next week decide on which of the two factions of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, it will recognize.

Rotimi Oyekanmi, Chief Press Secretary to INEC made this known on Sunday.

He said INEC had not recognized any faction of the PDP, adding that its position would be clear after a Federal High Court in Port Harcourt delivers judgment on the matter on July 4.

“There is a pending case in court on this contentious issue, which is likely to be decided on July 4. INEC’s position on the matter will depend on the anticipated court judgment,” Oyekanmi said.

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He explained that INEC monitored the primary in Edo State conducted by the Ahmed Makarfi-led faction based on the order of the court in Port Harcourt, but that the Ali Modu-Sheriff faction later went to court to vacate the order.

“INEC did monitor the Makarfi group’s primary election in Edo State, based on the Port Harcourt high court order, which gave recognition to his group. Now the Modu-Sheriff group has gone to court to vacate that order, and the court will deliver judgment on the matter on July 4. To that extent, INEC will not monitor Sheriff’s planned primary election,” Oyekanmi clarified.

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Justice Makhmud Liman of the Federal High Court, Port Harcourt, will on July 4, rule on the PDP national convention which was convened by Modu-Sheriff  and held on May 21.

But the party’s elders organized a parallel exercise in Abuja.

However, instead of electing new officers, the convention produced a caretaker committee headed by Makarfi. But Sheriff is insisting that he remains the acting chairman of the party, leading to series of court cases, the latest of which will be decided on July 4.