PDP CRISIS | Sheriff, Makarfi In Fresh War Of Words

The Peoples’ Demo­cratic Party (PDP) National Chairman, Ali Modu Sheriff and the party’s Caretaker Com­mittee Chairman, Ahmed Makarfi, on Monday threw caution to the wind as they engaged each other in ver­bal war.
While Sheriff accused Makarfi of frustrating the ongoing reconciliation ef­forts because of the N50 million he gets from the PDP governors and his presidential ambition, Makarfi alleged that Sher­iff and his group received Jeeps and monetary in­ducements from agents of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Addressing newsmen in Abuja, PDP Deputy National Chairman, Cairo Ojougboh, who spoke for Sheriff 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 member of the Board of Trustees (BoT) and so the N50 million monthly subvention from governors will stop.
“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 he will throw everything open. That is why we are studying the position of the reconciliation committee and that is good enough to advance our party. As soon the ongoing reconciliation pulls through, they will no longer exit.”
While he explained that Ojougboh’s position as the Deputy National Chairman is constitutional, Sheriff explained that Jerry Gana Committee on Strategy Re­view and Interparty Affairs was illegal and should not go round the country on behalf of the party.
Reacting while address­ing newsmen in Abuja, the Spokesman of the Caretak­er Committee, Prince Dayo Adeyeye said, “Yes, we do receive contribution from the governors and other elected lawmakers but I must tell you that we have not been getting enough for the operation of the servic­es. We definitely have not received that kind amount as claimed by Ojougboh.

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