Appeal Court’s pronouncement of Ali Modu Sheriff as PDP chair is a rape of Nigeria’s democracy– Fayose


Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose has dismissed as unconscionable rape on democracy the Friday’s verdict of the Court of Appeal which pronounced Ali Modu Sheriff as the authentic Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Fayose spoke few hours after the Port-Harcourt division of the Court of Appeal gave leadership of the main opposition party in Nigeria to former Governor of Borno State, Ali Modu Sheriff.

He spoke in his capacity as chairman of PDP’s Governors’ Forum.

According to him: “If the people truly symbolise what a party is, then the machinations of our detractors and the anti-democracy organs will not prevail at last.

“We commend the minority judgment of the lower court and we believe the truth will prevail. It is a matter of time.

“Thank God we have another opportunity to seek justice at the Supreme Court, which I believe will not be delayed or denied, because when justice is delayed, it is denied.

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“It is a party matter that must be addressed as soon as possible.

“The party will appeal the judgement as we believe in the ability of the judiciary to do justice,’’ Fayose said.

The governor however, appealed to members, sympathisers, leaders and supporters of the PDP to remain calm saying “we are sure justice will come at last’’.

“If this is the price to pay, to keep our democracy alive and opposition strengthened, we are prepared to go the whole hug and for a time like this,’’ the governor said.