By Ben Agande
ABUJA — State chairmen of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, have pledged unflinching loyalty to the Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led national caretaker committee and renounced one of their own, who pledged loyalty to the former national chairman, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff.
A statement late, yesterday, by the chairman of the PDP state chairmen, Yahaya Suleiman, said the decision of the Borno State chairman of the party, Shehu Shettima, to pledge loyalty to Sheriff was illogical and against the assertions of the courts.
Suleiman, who is also the chairman of the FCT chapter of the party, said he spoke for and on behalf of 29 of the 30 state chapters where party congresses were conducted.
He also reiterated that the party’s candidate in the forthcoming Edo State governorship election remains Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu. According to the chairman in the statement, “I wish to state on behalf of the State Chapter Chairmen of the PDP in 29 states of the federation, that our unflinching and unalloyed loyalty and maximum support remains with the party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) led by Senator Ahmed Mohammed Makarfi’s National Caretaker Committee.”
Our loyalty is first and foremost to the party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and to the National Caretaker Committee which is a product of the Party’s highest decision making Organ, the National Convention that held in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, and also affirmed by the Federal High Court in Port Harcourt, Rivers State on the 4th of July, 2016.
“My position which represents that of 29 out of 30 chairmen of our Party in the state where congresses held during the last State Congresses is that, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) must first of all survive before we can remain Chairmen in our respective States. So, our loyalty is first to the PDP and then to the National Caretaker Committee which is approved, constituted and appointed by the PDP’s National Convention; and upheld by a Court of competent Jurisdiction.
“Any of our member or members pitching tent with the former National Chairman, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff should know that the interest of the Party is supreme, paramount and bigger than any personal or parochial interest. This is why we are also pledging our maximum support to the PDP leadership to dislodge and uproot the APC in Edo State come
Saturday, September 10, 2016.”The PDP has only one Candidate in Edo State, and his name is Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu and that is already confirmed by the Court Judgment in Port Harcourt, on the 4th of July, 2016 which also made INEC to accept him as the PDP Flag-bearer. We are all queuing behind him and his running mate to provide the necessary dividends of democracy to the people of the State that have been impoverished in the last 71/2 years of the APC’s Administration.
“We wish to therefore advise anyone hanging on to a non existing Court Judgment or Order on Thursday, 28th of July 2016 by Justice Okon Abang to desist from doing so. Any such person or persons are only working to destroy the PDP and playing the script of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC).”