The Port Harcourt division of the appeal court has ruled that Ali Modu Sheriff is the legitimate chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
A three-man panel of justices delivered judgment on the PDP leadership tussle between Ahmed Makarfi and Sheriff on Friday 17.
While one supported Makarfi the remaining two ruled in favour of Sheriff.
This judgment is one in a series of judgments on the impasse.
Justice of the federal high court, Mohammed Liman in Rivers state, had sacked Sheriff as chairman of the PDP, while the Abuja division of the court, presided over by Okon Abang had declared Ahmed Makarfi’s caretaker committee as illegal.
Owing to the conflicting judgments by the lower courts, both parties went to the appeal court to seek redress.
Makarfi challenged the decision of Abang at the Abuja division of the appeal court, but the court could not take a decision because Sheriff had already filed a suit challenging his removal by a high court in Rivers.
The PDP leadership crisis started in May 2016 at its national convention in Port Harcourt, the River State capital.
Ali Modu Sheriff had called for a cancellation of the exercise when he got wind of the alleged plot of some party leaders to remove him.
But the convention went on as planned, during which a caretaker committee chaired by Makarfi was set up.
Legal battles and intrigues between the factions then ensued.