Makarfi ex­tends olive branch to Sher­iff He’s desperate – Sher­iff

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - From An­drew Agbese, Kaduna

The care­taker com­mit­tee chair­man of the Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party (PDP), Sen­a­tor Ahmed Makarfi, has ap­pealed to Sen­a­tor Ali Modu Sher­iff to ac­cept his lead­er­ship of the party in view of the cur­rent judg­ment by a Fed­eral High Court in Port-Harcourt.

But Sher­iff re­buffed the call say­ing they must meet at the su­pe­rior court.

Makarfi, who made the ap­peal while speak­ing with news­man in Kaduna, said while ag­grieved mem­bers of the party are en­ti­tled to their views, they should give peace a chance.

He added that as far as he was con­cerned, “There’s no vic­tor no van­quished in the mat­ter.”

He said: “As we have said be­fore, our com­mit­tee was not set up to side­line any­body or witch hunt any­body, and we are not go­ing to do that.

“For those of our friends who are look­ing at it the other way, they are en­ti­tled to their views but a le­gal pro­nounce­ment has been made.

“The con­ven­tion has enor­mous power and when a vac­uum arose, the con­ven­tion set up our com­mit­tee.

“No mat­ter what name is given (to the com­mit­tee) and what­ever func­tion or re­spon­si­bil­i­ties, you don’t have to look at PDP con­sti­tu­tion to see that,” he said.

Sher­iff, who is the em­bat­tled chair­man of the PDP has vowed to go to the Ap­peal Court to chal­lenge the dec­la­ra­tion of Makarfi as care­taker chair­man of the party by the Fed­eral High Court in Port Harcourt.

Speak­ing through his Spe­cial Ad­viser on Me­dia, Inuwa Bwala, Sher­iff said, “I re­call we were the first to ex­tend hands of friend­ship to Makarfi when we ob­tained sim­i­lar judg­ments that reaf­firmed Sher­iff’s lead­er­ship.

“In any case, we’ve not seen any leaf from him, but, even if it comes, it’s be­lated. The law has to take its full course in the mat­ter,” he said.

Sen­a­tor Ahmed Makarfi

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