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The supreme court has struck out an application by the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ali Modu Sheriff, asking the court not to hear the appeal of Ahmed Makarfi.
The PDP’s National Executive Committee led by Sheriff as Chairman and Prof. Wale Oladipo as Secretary, said the Makarfi Committee, having been declared illegal by the February 17, 2017 judgment of the Court of Appeal, Port Harcourt, lacked the powers to take decisions for the party, including initiating court proceedings in its name.
The party made the point in its written arguments it made in support of an application it filed on March 21, 2017, seeking the striking out of the appeal filed on February 27, 2017 by the Markafi Committee against the February 17 Appeal Court’s judgment.
The written submission was filed on May 10 in compliance with the Supreme Court’s directive on May 4, 2017.
The PDP leadership is contending that the Makarfi Committee did not obtain the necessary authorisation of the PDP to appeal in its name and on its behalf because the PDP under the current leadership was comfortable with the Appeal Court judgment and did not intent to challenge it.
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