Chris Steven, Abuja
The leadership crisis within the esrtwhile ruling party, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, is daily going out of hand as the factional national chairman of the party, Alimodu Sheriff has described the Ahmed Makarfi-led National Caretaker Committee of the party as a dissident group.
Sheriff also called the Committee spokesman, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, a notorious political nomad, who has no authority to speak for PDP.
In a statement by the acting National Publicity Secretary of the party, H Bernard Mikko, Sheriff said, “for the umpteenth time the attention of the National Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party has been drawn to the reckless statements credited to one Prince Dayo Adeyeye in a desperate attempt to curry empathy, seek public attention and undeserved political relevance.
“It is hereby disclaimed that Prince Dayo Adeyeye cannot speak for the PDP or use its logo and franchise without the authority and express permission of the national leadership of the party.
“The desperation of this self aggrandized spokesperson of the dissident group led by Sen. Ahmed Makarfi is regrettable, particularly at a time the efforts of the Peace and Reconciliation Committee of the party under the chairmanship of Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa state is not only being commended for a job well done, but also yielding fruits and paving the way forward for peace and genuine reconciliation in the party.”
Explaining the move by stakeholders in the party to reconcile the warring factions shortly after the court judgement, Sheriff led PDP said “immediately after the Court of Appeal judgement was delivered in Port Harcourt on Friday February 17, 2017, His Royal Majesty King A. J. Turner of Bayelsa state brokered a truce between the two parties at the Hotel Presidential that same evening.
“On one side was the Deputy National Chairman; Dr. Cairo Ojougboh and the Acting National Publicity Secretary; Hon. Bernard Mikko. The other side was represented by Sen. Abdul Ningi, Hon. Dave Iorhemba and Prince Dayo Adeyeye of the then ‘Caretaker group’. This meeting took place in Senator Abdul Ningi’s room in the Hotel Presidential on that Friday evening and lasted for about two hours.
“With due respect to King Turner who coordinated this meeting, Prince Adeyeye was almost in tears about the fate of his governorship ambition in Ekiti state and we assured him that whoever wanted to be governor will need a strong and formidable political platform to actualize his ambition. The meeting ended with the understanding that no one will be maligned or victimized for holding on to his beliefs. Prince Adeyeye’s major concern was capturing power in Ekiti state as Governor.
“We are therefore not surprised about his pretense of loyalty to his paymasters and will continue to assure all party members that the era of impunity, imposition of candidates and disregard for the rule of law is over in our party for good. This can be seen from the template recommended by the Peace and Reconciliation Committee chaired by His Excellency, Henry Seriake Dickson, Governor of Bayelsa.”
Appealing to party members to remain calm, committed and have faith in the peace and reconciliation move as solution to the crisis in the party, Sheriff described Adeyeye as notorious political nomad and a serial decapee, who move from one party to another.
“Adeyeye who is a notorious political nomad, should have faith in the PDP that made him minister of state for works after decamping from the AD and other political parties without relevance. It was the PDP that brought him to limelight and public reckoning as a new comer to the detriment of loyal, committed and qualified party members from Ekiti state. Please Give Peace a Chance, Enough is Enough,” the party said.