Sher­iff asks Makarfi to re­sign as con­di­tion for truce

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - By Saawua Terzungwe

The em­bat­tled na­tional chair­man of the PDP, Se­na­tor Ali Modu Sher­iff, yes­ter­day gave con­di­tions for truce, in­clud­ing a call for Se­na­tor Ahmed Makarfi and mem­bers of the na­tional care­taker com­mit­tee to re­sign im­me­di­ately.

Sher­iff who de­scribed the com­mit­tee as il­le­gal, said he was elected by the party’s Na­tional Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee (NEC), adding that the cri­sis within the party would con­tinue if the care­taker com­mit­tee was not dis­solved.

Ad­dress­ing a del­e­ga­tion of PDP stal­warts from Abia State, who paid him a visit in Abuja, Sher­iff listed other con­di­tions for peace in the PDP to in­clude hold­ing fresh na­tional con­ven­tion in Abuja and not in Port Harcourt.

The Makarfi led com­mit­tee had slated Au­gust 17 for the Port Harcourt con­ven­tion.

He also said stake­hold­ers of the party should tell Makarfi to nom­i­nate 10 peo­ple that would work closely with 10 oth­ers that would be nom­i­nated by him, to form the con­ven­tion com­mit­tee.

The for­mer Borno State gover­nor said he was ap­proached for rec­on­cil­i­a­tion by gov­er­nors Dar­ius Ishaku of Taraba and Ibrahim Dankwambo of Gombe State, which he ac­cepted.

He added that his con­di­tions for a uni­fied party were based on the agree­ment reached at a rec­on­cil­i­a­tion meet­ing un­der the chair­man­ship of Bayelsa State Gover­nor, Se­ri­ake Dick­son, who was deputised by a for­mer Se­nate pres­i­dent, Ibrahim Mantu.

Sher­iff, flanked by his deputy, Dr. Cairo Ojoug­boh, a for­mer gover­nor of Imo State, Chief Ikedi Ohakim and a new en­trant into the group, Barr. Ji­moh Ibrahim, as well as Se­na­tor Hope Uzodimma, noted that un­less the con­di­tions he gave were ac­cepted, he would re­main the na­tional chair­man of the party till 2018.

“The Makarfi com­mit­tee should re­sign be­cause there is noth­ing like that in the PDP con­sti­tu­tion; what ex­ists is the na­tional chair­man which I am. Some peo­ple want to make PDP their per­sonal prop­erty, that will not hap­pen; if you don’t stand on the truth, the end re­sult will be de­struc­tion,” he said.

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