Sheriff takes over PDP, says I remain chairman till 2018

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Confusion is what now prevails in the opposition
PDP, as it technically has two individuals
claiming the right to be addressed as national
chairman of the party.
The party’s BoT had earlier thrown its weight
behind Senator Ahmed Makarfi who was
appointed as head of a care taker committee
during the party’s national convention in Port
Harcourt.
But former national chairman of the party, Ali
Modu Sheriff on Monday stormed the Wadata
Plaza of the party secretariat, claiming to still be
the chairman of the party.
Sheriff was initially resisted by the policemen
guarding the premises, who said they were under
orders not to let anyone into the place.
They however later threw the gates open for
Sheriff and his supporters to gain access to the
building, and Sheriff took over the office of the
chairman and addressed a press conference,
where he stated that he remains the party’s
chairman.
He told newsmen that he would remain in that
position until 2018 except he was removed by
the court.
Sheriff said that he had watched events as they
unfolded after the Port Harcourt convention,
which he recalled that he suspended in
obedience to a court order.
According to him, the court ordered that nobody
should be elected into the offices of National
Chairman, Secretary and Auditor at the
convention.
Sheriff described the Sen. Ahmed Makarfi-led
National Caretaker Committee constituted at the
convention as “omnibus body” saying that it was
not in PDP’s Constitution.
He said, “I remain the authentic national
chairman of PDP until 2018 unless the court of
our land said I should cease to be, which I will
obey.
“But, as of today till 2018, I, Ali Modu Sheriff, is
the National Chairman of PDP,” he said.
He said that if Makarfi was interested in
becoming the party’s chairman, he should wait
for a national convention and contest.
“Ali Modu Sheriff did not want to be chairman;
they begged me to be. All of them came to beg
me,” he said.
Sheriff disclosed that when policemen stopped
him from entering the party’s secretariat in the
morning, he went to the Inspector-General of
Police, who ordered his men to allow him in.
“Now that the police have handed over the
security of the secretariat to the party, I will be
coming everyday as the authentic chairman of
the party,” he said.
He announced that Sen. Hope Uzordima was
Chairman, Screening Committee for the party’s
primaries for the Sept. 10 governorship election
in Edo.
“We have also asked interested candidates to
come and buy their forms for the primaries from
Tuesday.
“We are not selling the form for N16 million that
people are talking about. We are selling it for
N10 million,” Sheriff said.
On the fate of the National Working Committee
(NWC) members who handed over to Makarfi, he
said that a letter would be written to their
deputies to take over if they failed to resume on
Tuesday.
“All the deputies are waiting; any NWC member
that refuses to resume tomorrow, his deputy will
take over.”
Sheriff, who claimed that he was working with
every organ of the party, said that he was ready
to work with every party member, including
Makarfi and his committee members

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