…It’s a lie from the pit of hell —Makarfi
By Ben Agande
Abuja—The war of words between national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff and chairman of the caretaker committee, Ahmed Makarfi, escalated, yesterday, as Sheriff accused Makarfi of jeopardising the peace process initiated by former President Goodluck Jonathan.
Addressing a press conference in Abuja, Deputy National Chairman of the party, Dr Cairo Ojougboh, warned that Senator Sheriff might be forced to take drastic action against Makarfi and his group.
But Senator Makarfi in a swift reaction, denied the allegation by Senator Sheriff as “cheap blackmail.”
However, Ojougboh, who said he was speaking on behalf of Sheriff, warned Professor Jerry Gana to stop going round the country in the name of PDP since his committee is not known to the party.
He said: “The reason the caretaker committee is protesting is that they have seen that the table is now crumbling fast under their feet. All the organs of the party are cueing into the reconciliation and when the reconciliation pulls through, they are out and Senator Makarfi can only come as a member of the Board of Trustees.
‘’They get subvention from the governors every month and when reconciliation happens, that subvention will stop.
“Second, Makarfi wants a situation where he will tailor-make the convention to suit his interest because he has come out to say that he will be contesting the presidency of the country. We are very mindful that we are not going to tie our party around any individual.
“That is why the national chairman, Sheriff, said look, I am going to throw everything open. That is why we are studying the position of the reconciliation committee and that is good enough to advance our party.”
It’s a lie from the pit of hell —Makarfi
In his reaction, spokesman of the caretaker committee, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, described the allegation as a lie from the pit of hell and a very cheap and unintelligent form of blackmail.
He said: “It is a known fact by all critical stakeholders of the party and even the staff that the National Caretaker Committee has from inception, been hamstrung by inadequate finance, so much so that simple secretariat duties have been a struggle.
“Members of the National Caretaker Committee do not enjoy any remuneration. It is a selfless service.
“Be that as it may, we want to say that the party belongs to all its members — governors, former governors, National Assembly members, former National Assembly members, Presidents, former President etc.”
“Our only regret is that these contributions have not been forthcoming as expected, given the heavy weight of responsibilities placed before us and especially the burden of having to deal with distractions caused by Senator Sheriff and his cohorts.
“Nevertheless, no matter how little, it is better to be funded by our party members than by the All Progressives Congress, APC, as is the case Senator Sheriff and his cohorts, Dr. Cairo Ojougbo, should tell us which APC governor, minister or official bought Jeeps for them?
‘’Governor Fayose has also made a public allegation that Senator Sheriff has received the sum of $1 million from the APC to organize a new convention. Senator Sheriff is yet to publicly refute the allegation,” he said.