PDP leadership tussle: Sheriff’s faction seeks indefinite adjournment of appeals

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The Ali Modu Sheriff faction of the Peoples Democratic Party, on Thursday, asked the Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal to adjourn indefinitely the various appeals relating to the leadership tussle between it and the rival faction of the party led by Ahmed Makarfi.

The Sheriff faction, represented by their lawyer, Chief Akin Olujinmi (SAN), urged the Justice Ibrahim Saulawa-led panel of the appeal court to put the hearing of the three  appeals before it on hold, pending when the Port Harcourt Division of the court would deliver its reserved judgment on a similar case.

The Port Harcourt Division has yet to fix a date for its reserved judgment.

The three pending appeals before the Abuja Division, one of which was filed by Makarfi and the two others filed by his faction of the PDP,  are with numbers, CA/A/402/2016; CA/A/402A/2016 and CA/A/402D/M/2016.

The appeals are mainly challenging the ruling of Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court in Abuja delivered on June 30, 2016 recognising Sheriff faction of the party as the one with authority to brief lawyers to represent the party in any court matter.

The Sheriff faction is represented as the first and second respondents in the three pending appeals before the Abuja Division by two members of the party in Ondo and Edo states, Chief Benson Akingboye and Ehiozuwa Agbonayinma, respectively.

The Independent National Electoral Commission is the third respondent in the appeals.

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