Makarfi faction says APC behind PDP crisis, provides ‘evidence’

PDP Crisis: Ali Modu Sheriff vs. Ahmed Makarfi

The Ahmed Makarfi faction of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has provided “evidence” it says proves the governing All Progressives Congress, APC, is behind the party’s crisis.

A former Borno State governor, Ali Sheriff, was declared the authentic chairman of the PDP by the Court of Appeal in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, two weeks ago.

The Makarfi faction has said it has appealed the decision at the Supreme Court.

Speaking Monday at a press conference in Abuja, the spokesperson of the Makarfi faction, Dayo Adeyeye, said the actions of some leaders of the APC have proven its allegations of instigating crisis in the PDP.

“We have stated several times that the APC has its hand deep in the PDP crisis. There is no doubt that Sheriff’s activities against the PDP are being aided and abated by the APC,” he said.

“For the record, just last week, the Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, gave unsolicited advice that we should support Senator Sheriff. That is one instance of their meddlesomeness in the PDP affairs.

“No doubt that Okorocha and Co. are happy that their man won at the Appeal Court but very much afraid that he could lose at the Supreme Court.

“Also, we have it on good authority that the Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi, has deployed his former Abuja Liaison Officer who was a former Intermediate Officer of the party, Mr. John Enebeli, among others to lure some members of staff in support of Senator Sheriff by promising them huge sums of money to offset their outstanding allowances,” Mr. Adeyeye said.

He also said the same tactic being applied by Mr. Enebeli was made by Mr. Sheriff when he first assumed office as chairman.

No access to secretariat until Supreme Court verdict

Mr. Adeyeye also said the recent Court of Appeal judgment was based on the appeal filed by Mr. Sheriff against the judgment of Justice Liman of the FHC in Port Harcourt, which upheld the “legality and constitutionality of the May 21st 2016 National Convention that took place in Port Harcourt, Rivers State and the Decisions arising therefrom”.

He said because of that appeal, law enforcement agencies denied the National Caretaker Committee and the employees access to the party’s National Secretariat.

“Now that the party led by the National caretaker Committee has filed appeal against the recent judgment, the status quo ante remains until the determination of the Appeal to the Supreme Court,” he said.

He called on the police and other relevant agencies as well as “lovers of peace and democracy” to ask Mr. Sheriff to also respect the on-going litigation processes.

“The Police should ensure that Sheriff and Co. do not occupy the National Secretariat in order to avoid breakdown of law and order. We have noticed that the Police have taken sides in this matter perhaps because of directives of the APC but “a stich in time saves nine,” he said.

Mr. Sheriff had on Friday gained entrance to the Wadata Plaza secretariat of the party in company of some members of his National Working Committee, NWC, and supporters.

He told reporters that he was there to inspect the place and would resume fully on Tuesday this week.

Mr. Adeyeye however said Mr. Sheriff simply forced his way into the secretariat because the keys to the building are with the Board of Trustees, BoT, who, he said, are the “Custodian of the Assets of the Party”.

He cited Article 32(5) (e) of the PDP Constitution (As Amended in 2012).

“We know that the keys of the Secretariat are still with the BoT but Sheriff entered by breaking the doors in an action totally unbecoming of a person who has been Governor of a State, Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and also claiming to be a National Chairman of a major Political Party.

“We therefore demand that Senator Sheriff and Co. vacates the National Secretariat immediately,” he said.


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  • Victor

    Everybody is digging in and blaming the other. Even after the supreme court judgement it will be a miracle if PDP doesn’t fragment into multiple smaller factions. What a pity

  • Bright Henry

    When will pdp grow up? This is pure childishness. I thought they where bringing documentary evidence or something tangible. New allegations against Okorocha and Amaechi is all the evidence these guys claim to have. Abeg next news.

  • thusspokez

    Given what the Nigerian people think about the PDP, is it worth fighting for? A third national party is required and this would be a very good oppurtunity for the Ahmed Makarfi faction of the PDP to form a new party and persuade all the current PDP governors and legislators to defect to this new party.

    So far, Ahmed Makarfi’s reaction is slow and his problem solving skill is weak. He should do this quick as there is little time left before the next election. It should be like a coup, i.e., a surprise move. Sheriff would then have no ground to stand on, eventually, culminating in the demise of his PDP.

    This new party would treat both the APC and the (Ali Sheriff faction) PDP as the opposition parties and the establishment represented by crooks. mediocre who are responsibly for the current recession and the mess that is Nigeria.

    • SOA

      Good point and supported!

  • Aminu Mahmoud

    “For the record, just last week, the Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, gave unsolicited advice that we should support Senator Sheriff. That is one instance of their meddlesomeness in the PDP affairs” with these naive thinking and utterances PDP can’t give Nigerians meaningful opposition to the incumbent APC which could result in single party system which is dangerous to democracy.Nigerians should better gave up hope on PDP to be the biggest opposition party and pick another party that can play the role of purposeful/ genuine opposition.

    • isiaka

      checking the record of those behind the maikarfi faction, they were those that are already die politically, but looking for someone to join them die together. Ali modu Sheriff should continue in uniting the party, mindless of those selfish, greedy and mindless critics. so that we can we can have a strong opposition.

  • Rommel

    As long as the PDP refuses to look inwards but rather blaming fifth communists,their problems will persist

  • tundemash

    What is Makarfi and Adeyeye smoking? I thought they were going to provide full evidence of how APC “influenced” Wike and Fayose to install Sheriff as PDPigs Chairman but instead they are engaging in idle bus-stop gist.

    • aisha ani

      Thank you, the guy just wasted my time.

  • BURNING SPEAR

    Tinubu is a leading figure in APC———Rochas is just a small fly in the entire process—in Imo state————Every dog in Nigeria knows Tinubu and Sheriff do not agree—–they do not cross each others path————-So how could the Apes in APC be behind–Sheriff—————–Instead the Apes in APC will use the Yorubas in PDP to pull down Sheriff for Tinubu who also has presidential ambition——for Fulani dogs like Makarfi working for Wike and Fayose—————————–Aware in Nigeria an armed robber can be re-branded to become president- Provided he or she–hails from the 3 major tribes destroying Nigeria-since 1960

    • Femi Pedro

      Was it a major tribe that wreck Nigeria in the last six years of Jonathan rule

  • Alpha

    Are the people in Maikarfi’s faction really interested in PDP’s revival? Going to Supreme Court is like giving APC a free ticket for 2019. If the appeal of 2015 is just being put to rest in 2017, how soon do they expect their new appeal to be concluded?

    Time other political parties start preparation to replace these two good-for-nothing, fumbling & wobbling pretenders.

  • Deansmart

    PDP was never a political party they were just group of criminals came to power to loot