I’m not desperate to lead PDP—Sheriff

download (12)Factional national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ali Modu Sheriff on Tuesday said that he is not desperate to lead the party.

Sheriff who made the declaration on Tuesday said that if he was not wanted, he would quit the office but that the procedure must be followed.

He expressed his displeasure with the ‘satanic’ role being played by a certain member of the judiciary to destroy the PDP.

He said he had written a petition to the National Judicial Council (NJC) to probe conflicting orders issued by a judge of the Port-Harcourt division of the Federal high court which gave legal imprimatur to the leadership of Senator Ahmed Makarfi’s  Executive Committee and the go-ahead to conduct the party’s convention.

The conflicting verdicts of the judiciary on who between Makarfi and Sheriff had the legal powers to lead the party and conduct the party’s convention had indeed polarised the PDP.

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He said his request to the NJC was necessary to keep alive the integrity of the judiciary and avert the likelihood of the judge throwing the country into anarchic situation.

NJC is headed by the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN).

Sheriff, who expressed his frustration at his purported unsuccessful attempt to get justice and to stop the national convention of the PDP, which he considers to be illegal, said that he has realized that what President Muhammadu Buhari was saying about the problem in the judiciary was right.

He alleged that as part of a ploy to frustrate his case, registry staff of the Federal High Court in Port Harcourt ran away from their duty posts and kept his lawyers searching all over the place to enable them file their papers.

Speaking at a press conference in Abuja on Tuesday, Sheriff alleged that the registry staff of the Federal High Court in Port Harcourt disappeared from their duty posts when his lawyers came to file his defence on Tuesday.

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Aggrieved Sheriff said he was ready to quit the stage even if it is only a segment of the party members that did not want him but that the process must be right.

He said that he would not recognise the national convention to be held this Wednesday in Port Harcourt or anyone elected at the event, adding that he was ready to pursue the court case until justice is done.