PDP Search For Peace Put On Hold •Warring Party Leaders Remain Adamant •All Eyes On Supreme Court

By on April 13, 2017

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Peace may continue to elude the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for a long time to come unless its warring leaders bury their hatchets. Recent attempts at peace suffered a severe blow when the National Chairman of the Party, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff stormed out of the meeting presided over by former President Goodluck Jonathan.

Since then, different factions of the party have gone back to their trenches throwing brick bats at one another. Developments have, however, showed that the Ali Modu Sheriff faction is losing a lot of steam since the last Appeal Court judgement in its favour.

Political observers believe that his recent run in with the governors of the party- when his deputy, Dr. Cairo Ojougboh, was quoted as saying that the party would not accept “stolen money” from the governors to run the party; a statement, believed targeted at Governors Nyesom Wike of Rivers State and Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State - may dampen his political fortunes.

The Ahmed Makarfi-led Caretaker Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) faction, as eexpected, has since been feasting on Sheriff’s misfortune when it declared that governors elected on the platform of the party are not thieves.

“Our governors are responsible and trusted party men that are working tirelessly in their various states to deliver the needed dividends of democracy.” The faction’s spokesman, Prince Dayo Adeyeye said.

The rebuff, Sheriff got in Enugu when some party stalwarts from the South-East, Anambra Stated shunned the meeting he organized for different factions of the party in Anambra state, is another pointer to his beleaguered state. Former Governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi, Chief Nicholas Ukachukwu, and Senator Stella Oduah representing Anambra north senatorial district, other PDP members of the National Assembly from the state, among others were conspicuously absent. A prominent leader of the party in the state, Chief Chris Uba was, however, present at the meeting with a factional chairman of the party in the state, Ejike Oguebego. Also present at the parley were the Deputy  Governors of Enugu and Ebonyi states, respectively.

Sources within the party believed that the battle for the soul of the party is now beyond the Sheriff versus the Makarfi factions, but that the former President Jonathan who remains the visible rallying point of the party must be appeased by Sheriff before any meaningful headway could be gained.

But the Sheriff faction has not been silent, it has tried to explain what really happened at the Abuja meeting initiated by Jonathan. A former Military Administrator of Katsina State, Senator Joseph Akaagerger, noted that Alhaji Ali Modu Sheriff ought to be given due recognition as the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in any gathering of party members. Akaagerger, a loyalist of Sheriff from Benue State, wondered why people were not talking about the refusal to duly recognise the national chairman at the meeting, but only focusing on his walk-out.

The ex-Benue North East Senator said: “Our focus rather ought to be directed to the failure to accord Senator Sheriff due recognition as National Chairman of the PDP rather than emphasizing the event of his leaving the meeting. The meeting was widely advertised as a PDP political meeting. It is out of order and indecorous to preclude the national chairman from addressing the meeting.

He added: “Senator Sheriff had demonstrated transparent respect by travelling from Europe in response to former President Jonathan’s invitation to attend the political meeting only to be denied the right to address party members. In which circumstance the only irresistible conclusion is that it was no longer a political party meeting. Otherwise sheriff would have a right of address and audience. If it is no longer a political party meeting, what business does the national chairman have to do with a directionless assembly?”

But then, the party’s youths on Wednesday have asked the party’s national chairman, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, to apologise to former President Goodluck Jonathan for walking out on the latter and other PDP leaders at the party’s stakeholders meeting in Abuja last week.

The youths, under the aegis of the Almagamated PDP Youth Leaders Nationwide, said at a press briefing in Abuja that it was an embarrassment for Sheriff to have walked out on Jonathan, who they described as the leader of the party. Chairman of the group, Segun Aderemi, said Sheriff disrespected the party when he walked out on Jonathan and other party leaders during the meeting. Adeyemi added that the youths in the party would not want anyone to disrespect Sheriff, as leader of the party, as such he too should not disrespect other PDP leaders.

He, however, said that as a result of his action, the youths have given Sheriff seven days counting from today to tender an unreserved apology to Jonathan and other party leaders, for embarrassing them through his conduct last Thursday.

“We witnessed what happened that day when he walked out on the former President. Would Sheriff be happy if any member of the party embarrass him the way he embarrassed Jonathan that day?

“He has to tender an unreserved apology to the former President, the BoT and other leaders of the party.“We insist he should tender an unreserved apology. We strongly believe that he is going to do the needful,” Aderemi stated.

He said the youth of the party don’t have anything against Sheriff or the chairman of the National Caretaker Committee, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, adding that their interest is the immediate resolution of the PDP crisis.

But the thinking of the Makarfi faction probably hints at the way peace could be restored to the party should all persuasions fail. 

According to Adeyeye, “The National Caretaker Committee led by Senator Ahmed Makarfi has appealed the judgment of the February 17, 2017, at the Supreme Court and 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.”

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Posted 13/04/2017 09:53:34 AM

 

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