.There’s no meeting ground – Markarfi
.We’ll comply with Dickson’s committee recommendations – Sheriff
OBIORA IFOH, Abuja
Shortly after the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff agreed to comply with the Gov. Seriake Dickson Reconciliation Committee, the Senator Ahmed Markarfi caretaker committee has declared its unwllingness to continue with the political solution to the lingering crisis in the party.In a press briefing in Abuja on Thursday, the spokesperson of the Markarfi faction, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, said with the development in the reconciliation efforts by several groups within the party, there will not be any meeting ground, hence decision to stick with judicial alternative.
The PDP faction also called on Senator Ali Modu Sheriff to vacate the National Secretariat (Wadata Plaza) immediately in line with the subsisting and binding Judgment of the Courts in respect of his status of appointment which he did not appeal
He said, “It’s out of the timeline already. He must stop parading himself as the Acting National Chairman of the Party forthwith. Otherwise, we shall cause ‘Form 48’ to be issued against his recalcitrant behavior against the Ruling of competent Courts of Jurisdiction and his illegal activities and occupation of the PDP National Headquarters. The Nigerian Police should act in line with its Constitutional mandate to force compliance of these Orders of the Courts.
“Given the lawless and untoward behavior of Senator Sheriff so far, it appears that there will be no meeting point in this matter. However, without prejudice to the Appeal Suit before the Supreme Court challenging the Recent Judgment of the Court of Appeal, the National Caretaker Committee working for the Organs of the Party and the people is not averse to reconciliation processes that may result to a workable ‘political solution’ as proposed by the Governors’ Forum with the former President, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.
“The present illegally constituted NWC led by Senator Sheriff must stop operations on behalf of the Party immediately. We want to state unequivocally that the Party will not hold any National Convention under the leadership of Senator Sheriff. WE ARE DETERMINED TO PURSUE THE MATTER BEFORE THE SUPREME CONCLUSIVELY in the interest of justice, equity, fair play and democracy in general.”
Adeyeye however calls on all its members, teeming supporters and all lovers of democracy to be calm and continue to support the Senator Ahmed Makarfi led National Caretaker Committee in its quest to return PDP to the people in line with the ideals of its founding fathers.
” It is indeed our desire to rebuild, revive and revitalize the PDP in collaboration with all the organs and structures of the Party that will culminate into a well-deserving, all-inclusive and participatory National Convention very soon. We enjoin you all to not despair because surely, justice shall be served; and we will reposition our Party to re-claim government in 2019.”
Meanwhile, the Senator Sheriff led National Working committee said it met and looked at all the recommendations of Gov. Dickson’s reconciliation committee, “we believe that it has met the requirement of the NWC, and therefore, we are accepting the recommendation in totality, and we are commencing implementation of these recommendations. We have asked the organising secretary to begin the process of organising outstanding states where it was not held before the last botched convention in Port Harcourt. Particularly the state we going to start is Anambra state where governorship election has been scheduled. INEC has already served us with the guideline for the election, and we intend to put in place our state exco in Anambra very soon while the rest of the states will follow.”
Sheriff further said, “From today I am going to meet with all the organs of the party and collect their list of membership with a view to picking their members to be part of the convention committee. We are going to get the list of NASS, BoT and we are writing them formally on that, so that we can collect the specific numbers that are required.
“Let me make clear to some of the party members, particularly, Gov. Ayo Fayose. I will not condsend to his level. I am must be very clear to him, party has rules, and we will look at the constitution, at the appropriate time to do the right time. He has made it a point of duty, everyday he will insulting Ali Sheriff. I want to tell him that enough is enough. Belonging to political party is by choice. Yes, you may have a right, but your right should not trample on another person’s right. Political party is a voluntary aassociation.
“If you are a leader of a political party, we have to allow people to have their choice of leadership. In all these things we are doing, we believe that PDP belong to all Nigerians, we believe that PDP must be handed over to the owners. The right of the owners of the party must be allowed to do the right thing. That does not mean a sign of weakness. PDP that has produced 28 governors, and today it has 12. If we allow impunity to continue Nigerians have the right to reject our party. You can take a horse to the river but you can’t force it to drink.
“We can make this party attractive to everybody. We want to reposition the party so that it can win election. Nobody has the monopoly to do what he is doing like we don’t have the rule of law.”
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