29 June 2016
A Federal High Court in Abuja has nullified the 2014 Constitution Amendment of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) upon which Senator Ali Modu Sherif was appointed party chairman.
The court, presided over by Justice Valentine Ashi, declared on Wednesday that with the nullification of the amendment, Sheriff shoud stop parading himself as the party’s chairman.
It described the amendment as illegal and a violation of the Electoral Act and declared all action carried out with it including anybody parading himself as officer of the PDP as illegal.
Policemen have also cordoned off the road leading to Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin, venue of a governorship primary being planned by the Sheriff faction of the PDP.
Mathew Iduoriyekemwen and Rep. Johnson Agbonayinma are the two aspirants for the governorship ticket.
Commissioner of Police in the State, Mr Chris Eziken refused to comment on the development, while the Resident Electoral Commissioner in Edo State, Mr Sam Olumekun, said only the national headquarters could comment on the matter.
On June 20, the Ahmed Markafi-led faction of the PDP held a governorship primary which produced Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu as its candidate at the same venue.
Ize-Iyamu defeated Iduoriyekemwen and Chief Solomon Edebiri at the primary, but Iduoriyekemwen later joined the Sheriff faction after he faulted the process of the primary.