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PDP State Chairmen Move Against Modu-Sheriff

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Posted: Jun 28, 2016 at 4:32 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Rotimi Akinwumi


Abuja  – The Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) state chapter chairmen on Monday told embattled Ali Modu-Sheriff that his claim to the office of national chairman of the party was illegal and not known to any law.

The state chairmen, who disclosed that Modu-Sheriff had tacitly avoided meeting with them in their efforts at resolving the problems bedeviling the party, said emphatically that the only office empowered by the constitution of the party and the wish of the national convention, the highest decision-making organ of the party, was the caretaker committee for the time being.

Twenty-four of the 30 state chairmen of the party made the pronouncements in Abuja while responding to questions from newsmen after a solidarity visit to the caretaker committee.

Led by the chairman of the FCT chapter, other states with their elected chairmen present were Nasarawa, Plateau, Enugu, Abia, Kaduna, Ebonyi, Ekiti, Kogi, Akwa Ibom, Delta, Bayelsa, Kwara, Benue, Bauchi, Niger, Katsina, Jigawa, Ondo Adamawa, Edo and Osun.

At the event, Ahmed Makarfi, chairman of the caretaker committee, said the committee has refused to bow to intimidation by Modu-Sheriff, as it is commencing preparation for the convention by July 2016, as soon as the court gives its verdict on July 4, 2016, which the committee expects will be favourable.

The committee also denied allegations that it was put in place to further the political interests of some politicians either within PDP or the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

Modu-Sheriff had last weekend accused the caretaker committee of working for the presidential ambition of an APC big gun. He had also severally threatened to sanction any state chairman who hobnobbed with the caretaker committee.

Responding to the threat, the state chairmen, through Yunus Suleiman of the FCT, described Modu-Sheriff as a toothless dog barking without power to bite.

He stressed that nothing in the constitution of the party gives Modu-Sheriff power to act in the capacity of the chairman of the party.

“The tenure of our national officers terminated on May 21, 2016. Just like nature abhors vacuum, the party invoked the power invested on it under section 33 sub-section 5 of the constitution and resolved that the then exco led by SAS be sacked and set up a national caretaker committee headed by Sen. Ahmed Makarfi to drive the affairs of the party forward.

“While we appreciate the enormous services and contributions of SAS during his tenure in office, we wish to appeal to him to accept the decisions of the Port Harcourt convention of May 21, 2016, which was convened by the NEC under his leadership, believing that other opportunities may arrive in the future for him to serve the party in great capacity,” he said.

On his part, Makarfi lauded the chairmen for seeking a solution to the challenges of the party, as he noted that the problems came about because the PDP was a marketable product. “It is unfortunate what is happening but equally it is good in the sense that PDP is alive, PDP is potentially a party people love and is a party like a government in waiting. If it is not worth anything nobody would struggle over it.?

“We must not over stretch this fact for too long because this is injurious to the party and can affect the fortunes of the party in the long run, not only in our attempt to retain the states we have but also winning the states we lost and capturing power at the centre.”