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I Remain PDP Chairman, Makarfi’s Committee Illegal – Modu SHeriff

Ali Modu-Sheriff
Posted: Jun 13, 2016 at 7:23 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)


Rotimi Akinwumi

Abuja – Details have emerged on how the immediate past National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Ali Modu-Sheriff Modu-Sheriff on Monday led two other members of the dissolved National Working Committee (NWC) of the party, backed by a retinue of political thugs to storm the National Secretariat of the PDP with a view to taking control of the party secretariat.

Sheriff in company of Professor Adewale Oladipo and Alhaji Adeyanju Adewole, immediate past National Secretary and National Auditor respectively  said that he was around to resume work based on a Lagos court order which recognise him as the party chairman.

However, security operatives made up of armed policemen and armed men of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) barred Sheriff and his team from gaining entrance into the secretariat.

Though the convoy of Sheriff managed to reach the main gate of the party secretariat, but policemen were able to ward off the hundreds of political thugs who were surging forward in an attempt to force the gate open to allow Sheriff and his group in.

The police with a about 12 operational vehicles also sealed off all roads leading to the party secretariat, a development that led to traffic snarl on the Wuse Zone 5 roads.

Speaking with news men, Sheriff lamented that he was surprised by the police action because  the court had ordered the Inspector General of Police to provide him with adequate security while resuming office .

He insisted that the takeover of the party secretariat by the National Caretaker Committee as supported by the PDP Governors Forum, the PDP Board of Trustee (BOT), the PDP National Assembly caucuses, the forum of former PDP ministers and the Concerned PDP Stakeholders Forum, was illegal.

The Ahmed Makarfi caretaker committee was handed the key to the party secretariat by the above mentioned groups in the party last Tuesday.

A worried looking Modu-Sheriff speaking with newsmen outside the party secretariat, said “”the Party belongs to Nigerians and not the Nigeria police or the people that were handpicked  at Port-harcourt by Gov Wike and his cohorts and the man who purported be acting as the National chairman  of the Party.

“One thing remains, there was no convention in Port-Harcourt because I cancelled it.

“I don’t know why the police can say we cannot enter our offices when we have a valid court order to that effect, we will take this matter beyond the Nigeria Police,the law will take its course in this matter.

“When you are talking of a caretaker  assuming office here last week, the caretaker committee was not known to the constitution of the Party while the Board of Trustees,BOT is only an advisory body in the Party, so none of them have  the power to be running the affairs of our party.

“Senator Ahmed Makarif-led caretaker has no role here, it is an illegal body in the eyes of the law” he said.

More details soon…