By Chibuzo Ukaibe, Abuja
National chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Sen Ali Modu Sheriff, yesterday refuted media reports that he filed a petition against the Supreme Court justices over the leadership crisis rocking the party.
In a statement by Sheriff’s chief of staff, Bar. Ahmed Ali Gulak “The attention of the office of the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party has been drawn to a fake news reportage captioned; “PDP Crisis: Supreme Court reconstituted appeal panel” and published in New Telegraph Newspapers of Monday May 15, 2017.
“Though the anchor admitted that the story imaginary because it had no sources, we hereby state categorically that there is no iota of truth in it. It therefore unprofessional, unethical and completely unacceptable for any newspaper worth its salt to engage in what appears to be an act of junk journalism.
“The National Chairman, Sen. Ali Modu Sheriff believes in the due process of law for the sustenance of our democracy, and will never write any petition against the eminent jurists or encourage the disparaging of the judicial institution that he holds in very high esteem.
“We therefore call on the publishers of the said story to retract this news reportage with apologies to all those mentioned in the story, particularly the PDP National Chairman, Sen, Ali Modu Sheriff. Any objective reporter should have jettisoned the story when no credible collaboration is found to authentic his story.
“The story is not only libellous, but malicious with the capacity to trigger unforetold consequences against the authors.
This rebuttal therefore serves as final warning to all those who might want to drag our respected and eminent jurists of the apex court into the mucky waters of intra party politics using the name, franchise and officers of the Peoples Democratic Party.