Former Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, National Chairman, Ali Modu Sheriff, on Thursday has revealed his next plans after the Supreme Court declared Ahmed Markarfi PDP Chairman.
The Former Borno Governor said he will commence a campaign to demand that the party is given back to the “owners at the grassroots.”
The power tussle between Markarfi and Sherrif has been a long running sequel since it lost the 2015 elections to the All Progressives Congress.
Sheriff took exception to the ‘amnesty’ declared for him and his supporters by Makarfi, labeling it reckless. He said he committed no offence against the PDP to warrant anyone giving him amnesty.
In a statement by his spokesman Bernard Mikko:
Amnesty is a reprieve for those who have committed offence under our statutes. We did not occupy the office illegally or committed any offence.
Sen. Ali Modu Sheriff was validly elected and was forced to vacate the National Secretariat after a joint meeting of the contending camps with the Inspector General of Police in the wake of thuggish attacks in the heat of conflicting court pronouncements.
However, the office was officially re-opened for us after we presented the certified true copy (CTC) of the judgement of Court of Appeal, Port Harcourt division to the Inspector General of Police.
I am therefore concerned about the future of our party in the hands of some of those who are known to have pending criminal cases bordering fraud, treasury looting and dishonesty with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The Supreme Court of Nigeria is the highest court in our land and we await the copy of the full judgement delivered on July 12, 2017.
No one owns the party and those making unguarded and reckless statements in the public domain should realize that the solution to the problem of Nigeria is beyond any political association. Unacceptable and unjustifiable means cannot lead to a justifiable and acceptable end
Mikko had earlier yesterday issued a first statement in which he denied that Sheriff sent a congratulatory message to Makarfi on his twitter handle @senatorsheriff.
He said it was mischievous for anyone to say that he congratulated Makarfi on twitter.
He said:”For the avoidance of doubt, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff does not have or own a twitter account and could not have tweeted any message