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PDP Crisis: Supreme Court Hears Appeal Today

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Tension is very high among members and chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP now as they await the verdict of the Supreme Court today.

The Ahmed Makarfi led National Caretaker Committee had challenged the Appeal Court verdict that affirmed Ali Modu-Sheriff as the authentic National Chairman of the party.

After Modu-Sheriff affirmation, the two faction had been at serious loggerheads on which leadership could have access to the party National Secretariat Abuja.

Efforts by the party stalwarts, including former President Goodluck Jonathan to broker peace between the two factions had been at deadlock, with Modu Sheriff claiming to be the most senior member of the party until proven otherwise by the Supreme Court.

Also the National Reconciliation Committee headed by the Bayelsa State Governor, Mr. Seriake Dickson’s effort to bring the factions to a peaceful accord proved abortive.

As it is, the political gladiators from the two factions are waiting for the verdict of the Supreme Court, which investigation revealed might mar or strengthen the party, depending on the outcome.

To Governor Ayodele Fayose, if the verdict favours Modu-Sheriff, many party members would have to defect to another party.

He said, “As for me, I cannot work with Modu-Sheriff and if the outcome of the Supreme hearing favours the ex-Borno State Governor, I will defect to another party.”

Fayose may not be alone, the former Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro has been romancing his former boss, the ex-Governor of Lagos State and national leader of the All Progressives Congress, Aswaju Bola Tinubu.

There are indications that Obanikoro is tired of the crisis in PDP and is on his way out. Also the former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode has made his intention known severally that he would not work with Modu-Sheriff.

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