By Ben Agande
Abuja-The National Caretaker Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party has warned the former chairman of the party, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff to stop parading himself as chairman of the party or risk being jailed for contempt of court.
In a statement issued in Abuja, the spokesman of the party, Dayo Adeyeye said there are subsisting court rulings which asserted that Sheriff can not lay claim to the chairmanship of the party and such rulings have not been appealed against.
“We wish to state categorically that in consonance with Judgement of various Courts, which Ali Modu-Sheriff and his team of confused travellers have not bothered to appeal, the former Borno State Governor is not the Chairman of our Party, the PDP.
” His consistent claim to the office is a continuation of the their plans to sustain mayhem in our Party, but nature and fair justice have taken care of his desperation.
“We wish to draw the attention of all Nigerians to the Judgement delivered by Justice Valentine Ashi of the FCT High Court, which states clearly that Senator Ali Modu-Sheriff was never and is not the PDP National Chairman.
“It is instructive to note that Senator Modu-Sheriff and his team of circus performers have not deemed it fit to appeal the Court Judgements. It is tripartite in law that a Judgment not appeal is binding on the defendant.
“The Courts have spoken, and their pronouncements are binding. However, those who wish to spend the rest of their lives behind prison bars may continue to utter heresy against the Court. We hope their children would be proud to bear the family names of convicts.
“It is also morally wrong to accuse the National Caretaker Committee of being the reason why the Party is facing challenges in terms of unfavourable election results especially in Edo and Ondo States. Everyone knows who the real enemies of PDP are.
“We won’t also forget in a hurry the ignoble role Barrister Jimoh Ibrahim played in scuttling our campaign for the Ondo Election. We also know those who pushed him forward for the hatchet job” he said.
Adeyeye said the call by sheriff and his supporters on the National Caretaker Committee to self disband is “uncharitable and unconstitutional”.
“If they have any shame, they are the ones that should quietly disband. But honours can’t be expected from impostors” he said.
He said despite the claim by Sheriff and his supporters, “the Natonal Caretaker Committee has not called for their expulsion against the claims they are making, the time for that has not come. But the rain of vengeance will not hang forever in the clouds.
“The Natonal Caretaker Committee wish to appreciate all loyal Party members, urging them to keep the faith as the Appelate Courts will do justice to the various appeals pending before it at the appropiate time; to put an end to the antics of these enemies of progress masquerading as members of our Party” he said.