A Federal High Court in Port Harcourt had granted an exparte order, restraining Mr. Sheriff from parading himself as the PDP National Chairman.
Interestingly, few hours later same day, another Federal High Court sitting in Lagos declared him (Sheriff) the authentic National Chairman of the PDP.
Last week, the PDP Board of Trustees however, handed over party affairs to the chairman of the Caretaker Committee, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, who subsequently assigned portfolios to the committee members.
“As you may be aware, we have been facing some challenges, since we put off the National Convention, planned for Port Harcourt last month.
“I will therefore consider it the height of self-deceit for anyone to pretend that the PDP is not in crisis, but also wish to assure you that, we have been working round the clock to see how we can resolve the matter, without being on the wrong side of the law,” Sheriff said.
“Now that the ex parte order given in Port Harcourt has since lapsed on the 9th of June and has not been renewed or extended, it is now my pleasure and privilege to inform you that I have fully resumed as the one and only National Chairman of our great party, the PDP.
“Against this background, I hereby declare as null void and of no consequence whatsoever, any action taken by any person or group of persons, except by my leadership which is recognized by the law.
“I have all the while kept away from the office in strict compliance with the ex parte order of the port Harcourt Federal High Court which lapsed on the 9th of June and not because I sanction the illegalities being committed by some few members of our party.
“I had hoped that, for once, the PDP, which have been accused of promoting impunity and declining lawful orders will purge itself, which informed my decision to obey the courts.
“After due consultations with serious minded stakeholders of the party and my lawyers, against the background that have remained committed to lawful procedures, l have come, fully armed with all the necessary court orders to resume as the National Chairman, as directed by a court of competent jurisdiction.
“We have to this effect served the necessary court orders on the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, which is the impartial arbiter in matters like this; the Police as custodians of the law.”
Sheriff called on all party members and stakeholders to shun all acts that could tend to portray the party as being lawless, adding “We must learn to obey our own laws first before we can hope to provide the desired leadership.