Disowns 23-Man ‘Fake’ Endorsement Of Modu-Sheriff
The Ahmed Makarfi-led National Caretaker Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said it was former President Goodluck Jonathan that suggested the resignation of all National Working Committee (NWC) members as panacea for peace.
This, it said, is contrary to suggestions that the committee suggested the resignation of Senator Ali Modu-Sheriff.
“The former President suggested the resignation of all NWC members returned by the Court of Appeal. By the same token, it was also suggested that the National Caretaker Committee members should also resign,” the statement said, expressing commitment to the peace deal and suggestions by the former President at achieving it.
The committee also disowned the endorsement of the Seriake Dickson Reconciliation Committee of the party by people it described as illegal state chairman at an “illegal assembly in Abuja on Friday night.”
The group’s support for the illegal occupation of the PDP’s Wadata Plaza secretariat by Senator Ali Modu-Sheriff, the factional National Chairman, according to a statement by Dayo Adeyeye, spokesman of the Makarfi committee, “is a ruse (and) mere continuation of the impunity of Senator Sheriff and his dissident backers within the party.”
To start with, the statement noted for the records “that many of those men (who endorsed Sheriff) are not elected state chairman of our party, not at any time, even when Senator Sheriff was the recognized chairman of the party.
“Many of those who attended the meeting and their sponsors are double dealers and in politics such as we play in Nigeria it is not uncommon to find those who will run with the hare and at the same time hunt with the fox.”
The statement noted that since the judgment by the Port Harcourt Division of the Appeal Court pronounced the May 21 2016 convention in Port Harcourt illegal, “Senator Sherrif and his men have been making frantic efforts at causing more problems for the party by going round the states disorganizing the party at state levels by giving recognition to illegal persons as state chairman.”
The committee further noted that Sheriff’s actions, at a time the Appeal Court decision is being challenged at the Supreme Court, “are in clear violation of the judgement of the Court of Appeal, which ordered reversal to status quo ante May 21.”
This, it noted, includes “the continued parade of Dr. Cairo Ojougboh as Deputy National Chairman and Honourable Bernard Mikko as Acting National Publicity Secretary of the PDP.”
These acts of impunity will be challenged in Court, it stressed, as there was no meeting of the NWC, or National Executive Committee (NEC) to appoint these men, or confirm them in such positions.
In view of the provocative actions of Senator Sheriff, the Makarfi committee expressed commitment “to seeing through the appeal filed at the Supreme Court as a way of settling once and for all, the crisis being fuelled by the dissidents.”
Friday’s action of the illegal state chairmen, the statement continued, “will surely, further aggravate the situation,” the statement warned, insisting that Sheriff and his co-travellers continue to engage in self-delusion.
Last week, the party noted, PDP state executive committee members from Modu-Sheriff’s Borno State were in Abuja to pledge open support for the caretaker committee, wondering for who Senator Sheriff will conduct his illegal convention for.
The committee appealed “to party faithfuls to remain calm and committed to the cause of the party while the matters before the Supreme Court are carefully and meticulously sorted out in the interest of the party.