- Sheriff-led People's Democratic Party (PDP) is set to block the registration of any party with the name PDP
- Makarfi and his team are said to be planning to register a party with the name "Advanced Peoples Democratic Party
- Sheriff's lawyers said the move will be strongly resisted in the court and advised INEC against registering such party
As the crisis in the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) escalates, Ali Modu Sheriff has threatened to work against the registration of Advanced Peoples Democratic Party (APDP), a party Ahmed Makarfi and his faction have decided to float.
Makarfi and his team are set to dump the PDP for Ali Modu Sheriff and his followers since the crisis in the party is tearing the members apart.
Makarfi and his group were said to have approached INEC seeking to register a new party to be called ‘Advanced PDP,’ a move that observers suggested may likely open a new acrimonious frontier in the party.
Daily Trust is reporting that the move by the Makarfi may hit a brick wall as Sheriff has vowed to truncate his move to register the new party and dump PDP for him and his few followers.
Legal Adviser to Sheriff, Bashir Maidugu said Makarfi’s move to use the name PDP will meet with strong resistance.
Sheriff’s faction said it is ready to challenge the planned registration of the APDP by the Makarfi faction.
Maidugu said the PDP is a recognized party in the country, noting any move to duplicate the party’s name will not work for any group of persons.
Sheriff says it will go to court to challenge group said it will go to court to challenge the planned registration.
He said: “We are recognised legally by the Court of Appeal and all law abiding citizens should abide by the decision of the court. Anything contrary to this is contemptuous.”
He called on INEC to avoid complicating issues by not registering any party with the name PDP in whatever guise.