Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, yesterday compounded the woes of the former national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, as it ratified the administrative approval granted to the National Caretaker Committee of the party.
The decision is based on the judgment of the Federal High Court, Port-Harcourt which upheld the resolution of the May 21 national convention that sacked the Modu Sheriff-led National Working Committee and inauguration of a Caretaker committee led by Senator Ahmed Makarfi.
According to INEC decision extract issued on 14th July 2016 and signed by the Director, Commission’s Secretariat, Ishiaku A. Gali, the Commission said it would recognise the National Caretaker’s activities such as the conduct of primaries of political officers and the submission of the list of the candidate for any election to be conducted by the Commission.
Two weeks ago, the Commission received the candidates forwarded to it by the Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led faction of the PDP which had earlier secured an order from the Port-Harcourt High Court.
However, despite the ruling of the Port Harcourt High Court, Modu Sheriff has continued to parade himself as the authentic national chairman of the party, claiming that he already secured the judgments of two High Courts that gave legitimacy to his chairmanship of the PDP.
Based on this, he conducted a parallel governorship primary in Edo State which was not supervised by INEC.
Nigerian Pilot recalls that two weeks ago the electoral body also rejected the name of the Edo governorship candidate he sent to the commission.

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