PDP peace deal hits the rocks, as Sheriff, Makarfi groups trade words

By Editor on 27/03/2017

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Barely four days after the warring parties in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) conflict agreed to scale down their verbal war, the Senator Ali Modu Sheriff-led faction of the party has threatened to sue Senator Ahmed Makarfi for operating an illegal faction of the PDP.
Both sides in the PDP conflict had reached a truce last Thursday to stop verbal attacks against each other.
But in a statement issued on Sunday by Sheriff’s deputy, Cairo Ojougboh, the party said based on the pronouncement of the Court of Appeal in Port Harcourt, the National Caretaker Committee headed by Makarfi was not supposed to still be in existence.
Calling on media houses to take note and not to refer to the group as a faction, Sheriff said the appeal at the Supreme Court was not a stay of execution, insisting that the group was illegal.

He warned Makarfi and his group to stop interfering in the affairs of the party, adding that the job vacancies he (Ojougboh) declared was to fill positions at the PDP national secretariat, when the old staff decided to abandon their work even after he appealed to them.
He said: “Makarfi should behave himself, he should not interfere in our business, because we are not interested in his private business.
“Any further careless statement from him will force us to reconsider our earlier peace agreement. We have already employed staff who are running the bureaucracy efficiently.
“If Makarfi so desires, he should keep the old staff, just as he is doing now. We have had enough, and enough is enough of this.”
Ojougboh further said that as chairman of the party, Sheriff has the right to employ staff, adding: “We are preparing to complete state congresses where necessary and working hard planning our national convention. We will not be distracted from our set objective to return the party to the grassroots by inconsequential issues.
“We must prevent anybody whose aim is to kill the party, especially those who were brought to the party by persons who have already decamped to other parties.
“We are giving seven days to the old staff who still have the property of our party in their possession to return them immediately, or we will be left with no option than to hand them over to the police.”

But in a quick riposte, the Makarfi faction accused the Sheriff leadership of violating a ceasefire agreement reached between the two warring parties.
The spokesman of the National Caretaker Committee of the PDP, Mr. Dayo Adeyeye, described the action by Sheriff and his men as “unbecoming for men of honour”.
In a statement on Sunday, Adeyeye urged the party faithful to ignore them.
According to him, “We have always known that Sheriff and his co-travellers, especially Cairo Ojougboh, were never men of honour with whom one could reach any agreement.
“But we tagged along to avoid being accused of unnecessary intransigence.
“Since the leopard cannot change its spots, it is now very clear that no agreement or political solution can be reached with these bunch of people with a huge integrity deficit.
“Cairo is a nonentity, an impostor and a rabble rouser in a non-existent National Working Committee (NWC). Sheriff has no men to constitute an NWC with the required constitutional quorum.”

He said Sheriff has surrounded himself with the likes of Ojougboh who were neither elected nor appointed into leadership positions in the PDP.
“Cairo shamelessly parading himself as the Deputy National Chairman is the worst case of impunity in the history of our great party. His threat against our hard working staff should therefore be ignored and treated with the utmost contempt coming from a lawless impostor.
“For the education of Sheriff and his cohorts, our appeal at the Supreme Court is already on. To that extent, the position and status of the National Caretaker Committee remains completely unaltered.
“Since they cannot comprehend even very simple matters, we will use a simple analogy: If a governor loses at the election petitions tribunal and at the Court of Appeal, does he cease to be a governor even when his appeal is pending before the Supreme Court? And would the civil servants then refuse to serve him?

“The position of the law is that he would remain the governor and all government employees will be expected to continue to service his government until otherwise determined by the Supreme Court.
“In the light of the above, we urge our loyal party members and staff to ignore this latest rants of the APC lackeys.
“We went out of our way a few days ago to reach some kind of accommodation with them, even when some of our top leaders had serious misgivings about any type of talks with them given their unreliability.

“We are happy that we have shown our goodwill and they too have demonstrated their bad faith,” he said.



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Posted on March, 27 2017

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