The Governor of Rivers State Nyesom Wike, on Wednesday commended the Supreme Court for sacking the factional leader of the party, Alhaji Ali Modu Sheriff and members of his caretaker committee. Wike also described the judgment as a victory for democracy, adding that Nigeria would now have a viable opposition.
Speaking shortly after the Supreme Court verdict in Abuja on Wednesday, the governor said, “This judgment shows that there will be opposition in Nigeria. “I am very happy. Rivers people are very happy because we have no other party aside the PDP.”
A five-man panel of the apex court led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, in their unanimous judgment, reinstated the party’s Ahmed Makarfi-led National Caretaker Committee, which was earlier sacked by the majority verdict of the Port Harcourt Division of the Court of Appeal delivered on February 17, 2017.
He added: “I don’t see any reason why Sheriff will not be a part of the party. He spoke to me last week that whatever the situation he will remain in the party”.
He said that at the end of the day, it is expected that the Caretaker Committee Chairman of PDP, Senator Ahmed Makarfi will meet with all stakeholders to plan the time table for a national convention.
Governor Wike congratulated all the members of the party for their victory at the Supreme Court, urging them to build bridges of friendship to further strengthen the party.
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