PDP Crisis: Makarfi should step down now, Governor says

PDP Crisis: Ali Modu Sheriff vs. Ahmed Makarfi
PDP Crisis: Ali Modu Sheriff vs. Ahmed Makarfi

Governor Seriake Dickson, the Chairman of the PDP Reconciliation Committee, has called on the Ahmed Makarfi-led Caretaker Committee to step down in the interest of the party.

The Bayelsa governor made the call while speaking with journalists on Sunday in Abuja.

Mr. Dickson said the stage was now set for all the chieftains and elders of the party to impress it on the caretaker committee to cede its authority to the Ali Sheriff-led leadership.

“When the idea of making Sheriff the National Chairman of our party was hatched, I personally kicked against it.

“I also turned down all the overtures from Sheriff because I did not believe in him and what he did.

“So now, my position is that we have to move forward. I am a politician of conviction, I am not a politician of convenience and I am not a typical Nigerian politician,” Mr. Dickson said.

He said the party had come to a threshold when the right political decision should be taken to end the prolonged crisis.

“The Makarfi – led caretaker committee should remember that it was a brain child of the majority of party members including I at a convention in Port Harcourt.

“I and up to 80 per cent of the population of the PDP members were for Makarfi but the unfolding events have compelled us to adopt a political resolution instead of embarking on further bickering.

“As politicians and democrats, we must first obey the constitution and all other instruments of civil rule and which includes obeying the judiciary,’’ he said.

He also said: “We had expected that the Court of Appeal would give us judgment, but it rather upheld Sheriff as the National Chairman of the party.

“Whether anybody likes Sheriff’s face or not, the Makarfi-led caretaker committee was stripped of its authority to manage the affairs of the party the day the judgment was delivered.

“It was in the spirit to honour the court’s pronouncement that the party’s reconciliation committee that I chair submitted its report on how we shall move forward to Sheriff.

“In fact, as it stands now, Sheriff has started addressing issues within the party, he is the one sending names of party members contesting elections in various states.

“If there is going to be a by-election in Kaduna today, Makarfi’s home state, INEC would not accept correspondences from Makarfi any longer because his business in the party has ended,” he said.

Mr. Dickson said Mr. Sheriff had always been disposed to political settlement of the crisis, adding that Mr. Makarfi had remained adamant.

“So the reconciliation committee which I chair met several times to review our position in the light of the Court of Appeal’s judgment.

“The reality is that Makarfi no longer has the legal backing to carry on with the task of managing the party.

“We are aware of this quagmire, and therefore, the reconciliation committee went ahead to formulate a realistic, practical and strategic response to this reality because in the end it would be to the benefit of PDP,’’ he said.

Dickson said the template to ensure the conduct of the party’s National Convention in June was uppermost, adding that Mr. Sheriff was positively disposed to it.

“So if you said you are passionate about the survival of the party, then you should be willing to sacrifice your ambition.

“The crisis has caused us a lot, our elected officials, top notch members are decamping to even lesser parties.

“The party continues to fail Nigerians because the crisis has so far prevented it from being a sound credible opposition even in the face of bad governance in the country right now,” he said.

On whether it was right to challenge the decision of the Court of Appeal, Mr. Dickson said an amicable resolution of the crisis remained the best option.

“Yes, we said they can go on to appeal but without prejudice to the Supreme Court case; let us intensify and fast track the peace moves,” he said.

(NAN)


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    • OGK

      You don’t know what you are writing about. You are half-literate and an ignoramus. Besides, the reaction to the Markafi-Must-Go story is what is expected here, not your unrelated rubbish.

      • Avid Reader

        BUT HE WAS CONVINCING ME TO SEE THE REAL ISSUE; THAT PROFESSOR SAGAY IS USELESS.

        WITHOUT HIS TELLING ME, THERE’S NO WAY I COULD EVER HAVE KNOWN THIS HIDDEN FACT.

        • …keep deceiving yourself….

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          Hit the Caps Lock button please.

    • …another useless write-up….

  • Peedeepees!!!!

    OGK:

    Ayo Fayose is one of the thoughtless
    PDP members who brought Alhaji Ali-Sherrif from rival APC party to come and
    become the chairman of the PDP that had just lost in a national election. Even
    judging by the timing of it, the likes of Ayo Fayose must lack common sense to
    underrate the hard trauma of a defeat for a party that had been in power for 16
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    There’s no time more sensitive for a party to rally around a
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    and almost announced themselves as dunces by reaching out to the rival APC party
    to lend PDP a national Chairman for a moment- given that the now defunct ACN party
    tried such gambit early on and lost across the states in the year 2007.

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      …………..Dr. Junaid Muhammed

      (KANO, March 5th, 2017)

  • Arabakpura

    I never knew that Dickson is very eloquent until I listened to him on AIT! Where were people like him when a certain Jonathan ascended the saddle? It is a delight to listen to him!

    • Bright Henry

      My dear Jonathan was forced on us by Obasanjo. I am from Rivers state. If they had zoned that position of President to the South South, out of 100 politicians, Jonathan would have cine say 87position. He himself said it during his rally in 2015.

  • Bright Henry

    Where are both Fayose and Markharfi? Is Seriake Dickson now an APC mole? Thank God people are seeing the PDP lies. Soon other lies will be exposed too.

    • Diasporan

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  • share Idea

    One thing is certain, Markafi has a strong case at supreme court and the media is suppressing thst news item thst their case is coming up this Thursday at supreme Court.

    We are waiting to see who lsughs last. When Patience was at loggerhead with Dickson, people criticised her without considering what might have happened between them. Can we we now see the kind of language being used by supposed peace committee.