The Vanguard is reporting that at least five state governors out of the 11 under the control of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have moved over to the camp of factional leader Ali Modu Sheriff.
Although the report did not state who the governors are, it claimed that they are openly engaged with the Sheriff leadership of the party.
This is just as reports emerged that the national chairman of the party has applied to the Supreme Court seeking to stop the Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led faction from using the name of the party to challenge the ruling of the Court of Appeal in Port Harcourt which affirmed him as the authentic chairman of the party.
Vanguard reports that in a motion for discontinuance filed by Sheriff and Professor Wale Oladipo, secretary of the party, they argued that the Makarfi faction did not have the legal ground for such appeal.
Sheriff therefore applied for the withdrawal of an appeal filed in the name of the party by the Makarfi’s faction with number SC.133/2017 on February 27, 2017.
The appeal challenged the February 17 judgment of the Port Harcourt Division of the Court of Appeal which restored Sheriff-led executive as the authentic leadership of the party.
In his motion of discontinuance, which was filed through lead counsel, Chief Akinlolu Olujinmi (SAN), Sheriff noted that by virtue of the Court of Appeal’s judgment, Makarfi and other members of his faction were incompetent to institute any legal process using the name of the party.
This report comes just as Bayelsa state governor, Seriake Dickson, unable to bear the mass defection of members of the PDP to even lesser political parties, asked Ahmed Makarfi to resign his position as chairman of the party’s national caretaker committee at the weekend.
Makarfi had been in a long political battle with Ali Modu Sheriff over who should be the authentic chairman of the party.