The crisis within the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) seems to be deepening by the day. In response to Ali Modu Sheriff’s return to the party Secretariat, The National Caretaker Committee, Tuesday accused Sheriff, of acting a script by APC government.
While responding to the come-back bid staged on Monday by the embattled former chairman, the spokesman of the PDP National Caretaker Committee, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, said there was evidence of a possible role of the APC-led Federal Government in the present crisis as could be seen through the level of security provided for Sheriff by a team of SSS men when he stormed the national secretariat on Tuesday.
“The All progressive Congress, APC, has contracted Sheriff and his cohorts to scuttle the chances of the PDP in the Edo governorship elections.
“We have credible intelligence that Sheriff had a meeting on Sunday night with an APC governor from the North West, where it was agreed that he would be given full security and financial support to exacerbate the crisis in the PDP with the objective of preventing the PDP from presenting a candidate for the Edo governorship elections, or in the very least to prevent the PDP from offering a serious challenge to APC whose electoral fortunes have continued to nose-dive.”
Speaking at a press conference in Abuja, Adeyeye said it had alerted the police of an impending invasion of the party’s premises but was surprised how Modu Sheriff and the other renegades were allowed to gain entry into the secretariat, where they later proceeded to address a press conference. He said the party was still trying to understand the role of the police in the entire saga, adding:
“It is curious that the police made no arrest of the thugs who openly brandished various dangerous weapons in and around the premises of the secretariat in full glare of the police.”
Meanwhile, Chairman of the PDP caretaker committee, Senator Ahmed Makarfi has dismissed the speculation that he has opened discussion with Sheriff with the motive of stepping down for the latter.
Addressing newsmen at his residence in Abuja, Senator Makarfi dismissed the claim as fraudulent.
“That’s very fraudulent. I saw him, (Senator Sheriff) at the convention of course, but I haven’t sat privately with Modu Sheriff in the last 3 months, or anybody representing him not to talk of me making such a statement.
“I haven’t granted any press statement. If that is the case, how can it be that the only statement I would make is to apologise to him and express support for him? There is no basis for that, absolutely no basis for that.
“This is what we are trying to get rid from PDP and all the so called court orders, judgment being bandied about aren’t really true. We know what the courts have said, the court never stopped any convention, of course it said do not elect and we didn’t elect and the order which was said to be vacated and that’s the Port Harcourt court order hasn’t been vacated and the IGP and INEC till today said it is an existing order.
“So, I really don’t know why they are spreading falsehood.”