The ongoing crisis in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) deepened on Sunday, March 26 as the Ahmed Makarfi faction declared that it is no longer ready to make friends with the Ali Modu sheriff branch.
The war was declared in a statement released by Prince Dayo Adeyeye, the national publicity secretary of Makarfi’s National Caretaker Committee.
Adeyeye accused Sheriff faction of not being ready to settle for peace and so the Makarfi faction would follow suit.
The Makarfi’s faction was reacting to fresh comments made by the Sheriff group in the media even after signing a deal that both sides should stay away from such.
The statement read in part: “We have always known that Sheriff and his co travelers especially, Cairo Ojuogbo, were never men of honour with whom one can reach any agreement. But we tagged along to avoid being accused of unnecessary intransigence. Since the leopard cannot change its spot, it is now very clear that no agreement or political solution can be reached with these bunch of people with 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 therefore has to surround himself with the likes of Cairo who was neither elected or appointed to the Position. Cairo's shameless public parade of himself as 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 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 looses at the election petitions tribunal and at the Court of Appeal, does he ceases 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 rantings of the APC lackeys. We went out of our way few days ago to reach accommodation with them even when some of our top leaders had serious misgivings about any type of talk with them given their unreliability. We are happy that we have shown our goodwill and they too have demonstrated their bad faith.”
The Makarfi group noted that it chose the line of war after it failed to get through to Bayelsa governor Seriake Dickson who brokered the initial peace agreement between the two.
"It should be noted that we tried strenuously to reach Gov Dickson to report this infraction and deliberate violation of the truce agreement by the Sheriff Group but we were not able to get through to him."
NAIJ.com recalls that just on Friday, March 24, the Makarfi faction denied reports that its National Caretaker Committee and the court-recognised national chairman Ali Modu Sheriff have ended their disagreement.
In a statement signed Prince Dayo Adeyeye, spokesman of Makarfi’s National Caretaker Committee, the party said a solution was yet to be reached on the leadership crisis within the party.
It appears that the Sheriff faction took offense and reacted with its own statement which has now angered Makarfi.