- Chief Bode George, has asked Senator Ahmed Makarfi, the Chairman of the party’s National Caretaker Committee to resign
- The chairmanship aspirant alleged that the role Makarfi was playing towards the party's national convention in December “is increasingly disturbing and rather untidy”
- Makarfi dismissed George’s allegations describing it as “ridiculous and unfortunate”
One of the chairmanship aspirant for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Bode George, has called for the immediate resignation of the Chairman of the party’s national caretaker committee, Senator Ahmed Makarfi.
NAIJ.com gathered that the former deputy national chairman of the party on Tuesday, November 21, questioned the neutrality of Makarfi in the activities that would lead to the convention, adding that the role he was playing in the process towards the party national convention “is increasingly disturbing and rather untidy.”
The request on Makarfi to resign is being seen by members of the different caucuses in the party as an indication that the national convention may further polarise the former ruling party.
George in a statement by the campaign organisation and signed by its Director General, Alhaji Ibrahim Aliu, said: “Apparently spurred by personal ambition of contesting the presidential office in 2019, Makarfi is brazenly allying with a particular aspirant in the South-South to deliberately distort the process, muddle equity and invariably destroy the democratic process for transient personal gains.”
“Makarfi’s action, to put it mildly, is sickening, untoward, blatantly tendentious, totally stripped of the typical moral high ground that often defines a well-meaning, God fearing arbitrating leadership.
“Everywhere you look, Makarfi is planting the agents of his favourite South-South candidate to stage-manage warped and skewed congresses in an undisguised mockery of all the normative patterns of our founding fathers whose enduring forte about equity, justice and fairness is now being flung into the gutter.
“In a way, Makarfi is evidently resolved to repeat the farcical malady that characterised the debacle in Port Harcourt last year. We have equally resolved that we will not be led along this ruinous path again. Never!”
“We strongly advise Senator Makarfi to resign his position forthwith because he has been severely compromised. He can no longer play the role of a neutral arbiter who stands far above the fray. He is already tarred and soiled in the muddy waters of partisan prejudice.
“Makarfi should now do the most honourable thing by walking away and face his ambition squarely. He cannot use a privilege non-elective position to wangle undue advantages to his own side. It is patently unacceptable.
“We need to redeem our party by being faithful to the great ideals of our founding fathers. We really believe that elders of the party across the nation should summon an emergency summit to deliberate on the right way to reposition our party and rectify the wrongs on the ground.”
However Makarfi in reaction to the allegations said George was basing his claim on a letter previously written by another aspirant, where he listed five people in the convention committee alleged to be supporters of a South-South aspirant.
He also described the call for his resignation as politics, urging George to concentrate on his campaign rather than raising what he described as baseless allegations.
According to an earlier report by NAIJ.com, political infighting is threatening to mar the coming convention of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) scheduled to take place on December 9.
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The Nation reports that the crisis was triggered by the disagreement over the list of panelists to conduct the ward delegates election ahead of the party’s convention.
A national chairmanship aspirant, Tunde Adeniran, has already petitioned the leadership of the party over the list.
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