- The Makarfi-led faction of the PDP has won the leadership battle in the party
- Sheriff ordered to pay fine by the Abuja Supreme High
- The party is likely to experience some major changes after the ruling
The leadership crisis in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) seems to have reached its end as the Supreme Court in Abuja gave it's ruling on Wednesday, July 12.
The Ahmed Makarfi-led faction of the PDP has just been declared as the original and only recognised PDP party in the country.
The party crisis started in 2015, after losing the presidential election to the All Progressive Congress (APC)'s candidate, Muhammadu Buhari.
However, with the leadership mantle returned to Ahmed Makarfi, the party is likely to experience some major changes in the nearest future.
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NAIJ.com has compiled a list of some of the things that may happen to the party after the Apex court ruling:
1. Politicians who threatened to leave the party and those that have left might return
Most PDP governors and ex-ministers have publicly shown their distaste for the Ali Modu Sheriff-led faction of the party.
Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti state, Governor Nyesome Wike of Rivers state and Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano state are few of the prominent party members who had earlier threatened to leave the party and start a new one with the Makarfi-led faction.
2. Sheriff will form a new party
After losing at the apex court, Sheriff is likely to leave the party along with his supporters. If this happens, the party may lose half or one third of its members to Sheriff's new party.
3. APC will be threatened
The long leadership battle in the party has considerably weakened it against the opposition. Now that the court has given its final rulings, if members who decamped to APC during the crisis return to PDP, the party is likely to gain strength against the ruling party.
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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com earlier reported that the PDP governors' forum and Sheriff agreed to honour the Supreme Court ruling without any squabble.
Leader of the PDP governors' forum, Ayodele Fayose, who had earlier threatened to leave the party if Sheriff is proclaimed the leader by the Supreme court, took a u-turn and offered an olive branch.
Fayose, who spoke on behalf of PDP governors said whatever ruling the party gets from the Supreme Court will not be challenged by him or other party members and no one would decamp from the party.
Sheriff, in a statement released by his deputy, Dr. Cairo Ojougboh, accepted Fayose's offer and assured that no one will be victimised for any role played during the conflict for the battle to control PDP.
Watch NAIJ.com video of APC chieftain, Comrade Timi Frank warning of tragedy that may befall the party in 2019: