‘Democracy has been murdered,’ – Bode-George reacts to Appeal Court’s ruling on PDP
Chief Bode George, the former deputy national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has expressed shock at the Court of Appeal judgement in Port Harcourt, which affirmed Senator Ali Modu Sheriff as the authentic chairman of the party.
George in reaction to the court ruling said the development showed that “democracy has been murdered”
He said: “I was shocked. Shocked is the minimum I could say. It is worse than being shocked.”
“My immediate conclusion was that this is the voice of Jacob and the hand of Esau. My spirit has never been this dampened.”
George said court justices had murdered democracy for setting aside the convention held in Port Harcourt where the National Caretaker Committee headed by Senator Ahmed Makarfi was appointed.
He insisted that the Makarfi Committee can only be removed by the same National Convention which gave birth to it.
Ali modu Sheriff became the national party chairman of People’s Democratic Party (PDP) after a Court of Appeal set aside a Federal High Court judgement delivered Justice Mohammed Liman which recognized Senator Ahmed Makarfi as the chairman of the party.
The Court of Appeal on Friday, February 17, declared Ali Modu Sheriff as the national chairman of the PDP.
The court sitting in sitting in Port-Harcourt, Rivers state, declared the decision taken at the May 21 Port-Harcourt convention of the party as null and void.
The three judges presiding over the case in a unanimous decision agreed that Modu Sheriff is the chairman of the PDP.
Meanwhile, former aviation minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, has criticised the Appeal Court verdict which confirmed Ali Modu Sheriff as the national chairman of the PDP.
Fani-Kayode, who said the decision of the Court of Appeal to recognise Senator Ali Modu Sheriff as the national chairman of the PDP is a victory for President Buhari.