PDP crisis: Sheriff’s team is illegal, Makarfi tells PDP members

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[Abuja]–The Chairman of the National Caretaker Committee of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Sen. Ahmed Makarfi, has informed members as well as other lovers and supporters of the party that a faction of the party, headed by Sen. Ali Modu Sheriff, is operating illegally.

He made this call in a statement by the committee’s Publicity Secretary, Mr Dayo Adeyeye, on Monday in Abuja.

According to him, caretaker committee remained the only authentic national executive of the party, and is in line with the decision of the May 21 2016, and August 17 2016, National Conventions of the party.

He mentioned that Sheriff’s team was illegal, while he urged party members across the country not to attend any meeting convened by the team.

“Regarding the purported campaign or mobilisation by the non-existing National Working Committee under Sheriff, we wish to further state without any ambiguity that its actions are illegal, null and void.

“Faithful party men and women in the South-East and any other zone in Nigeria should disregard such meetings or gatherings.

“The National Caretaker Committee led by Makarfi has appealed the Judgment of February 17, 2017, at the Supreme Court.

“In the eyes of the law, until the Appeal is set aside by the Supreme Court, the National Caretaker Committee remains in charge of the affairs of the PDP.

“So, Sen. Sheriff and his co-travellers have no power to call for any meeting of party members or supervise the affairs of PDP forthwith.’’ Makarfi said.

Makarfi therefore called Sheriff to stop parading himself as the National Chairman of the PDP.

“We further call on all security agencies and other agencies of the government to stop according to him or members of his illegal team any support or assistance,” he said.




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