Notwithstanding two court verdicts which came in quick succession including that of the Supreme Court of Nigeria that voided his claim to leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ali Modu-Sheriff on Thursday said he remained the leader of the party.
Addressing journalists after a Supreme Court ruling on the Ondo election on Thursday, Mr. Sheriff said he was surprised that the media reported he had been replaced.
An Abuja Division of the Appeal Court had on Wednesday sacked the candidate of the Sheriff faction for the Ondo governorship election, which is holding on Saturday.
That was after the court upturned the decision of the Federal High Court which endorsed his leadership of the PDP and imposed his candidate on INEC as the flag-bearer of the PDP for the November 26 governorship election in Ondo State.
Addressing journalists in Abuja on Thursday, Mr. Sheriff said the court ruling had nothing to do with the lingering leadership tussle with another faction of the party led by Ahmed Makarfi, a former governor of Kaduna State.
“I am surprised at some of the reporting you media people are carrying; all the reporting yesterday was not correct because the issue in the lower court is the issue of governorship of Ondo state,” he said.
“The Court of Appeal has not touched on who is the leader or who is the substantive national chairman of the PDP.”
He said the case between the two factions was still at the Court of Appeal.
The Port Harcourt division of the Appeal Court on Thursday withheld its judgement on the matter.