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PDP Crisis: S’East Group Backs Markafi

Posted: Jun 19, 2016 at 9:05 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)


Amidst the deepening national leadership crisis in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), a group, PDP South-East Legacy Movement (PDP SELEM), has thrown its weight behind the Ahmed Makarfi led Caretaker Committee of the party.

Although the Markafi-led committee was appointed by the recent National Convention of the party in Port Harcourt, Ali Modu Sherrif who was the Acting National Chairman of the party until that convention has continued to lay claim to the party leadership, saying his tenure subsists until 2018.

But, in an interview with journalists in Enugu at the weekend, General Coordinator of PDP SELEM, Mr. Anslem Oyigbo urged Sherrif to put the interest of the party above his personal interest and allow peace to reign in PDP.

Oyigbo said his group was backing up Markafi because after wide consultation, they came to the conclusion that the Markafi Committee did not factor itself but was a product of the National Convention.

“It is the party convention that constituted the Markafi Committee. The Convention is the highest authority of the party. Whatever decision taken there is binding on the party and can even be an amendment to the party constitution.

“Makarfi has the support of both the Governors Forum and the Board of Trustees (BOT). Our advise to Sherrif is to know that he has seen it all. He should abide by the decision of the Convention, the BOT and the Governors Forum. He should put the House in order instead of destroying the house,” Oyigbo said.

Oyigbo equally urged Sheriff to toe the direction of building the party, so that party programmes now and before the 2019 general elections will be actualized.

Oyigbo said his organization took the decision to support Markafi after due consultations with its members in the 95 wards in the South-East zone and notable leaders who support the Movement including two former Governors and a serving Governor.