- Says Sheriff, others, agents of APC
( Tony John, PORT HARCOURT and Paul Osuyi, ASABA)
Publicity secretary of the Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led Caretaker Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Dayo Adeyeye said Nigeria is gradually moving towards dictatorship, adding that without a formidable opposition party, there would be “full-blown dictatorship.”
Adeyeye also alleged that Senator Ali Modu-Sheriff and his team were agents of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
He said this yesterday when he addressed newsmen in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
“Gradually, we are drifting towards dictatorship and it is very dangerous for our democracy. That is why we need PDP to be united and very strong. And APC people realise this and do not want it to work.
“We are being reminded why African leaders sit-tight in power. We thought that other politicians would follow the path of former president Goodluck Jonathan. Instead, election became war, and, right now, the APC members are waging a terrible war on PDP. Serious war!
“And, I tell you, if we don’t have PDP as a strong party, short-sighted people may not know the consequence. This is because, once all oppositions are muzzled, of course, what we will have is full-blown dictatorship. The best is to have PDP as a strong and virile opposition party.”
He alleged people have been manipulating the judiciary to destroy the country, emphasizing that Sheriff has no basis to still claim chairmanship of the party.
He added that the decision taken at the national convention in Port Harcourt, that dropped all the national officers, was final, emphasising that the convention was the supreme organ of the party,
He stated: “Sheriff has no legal basis to claim to be chairman of PDP. If he has judgment of court supporting him, let him show it to the public. He stressed that none of the court judgments recognised him as chairman of PDP.
“That convention held properly and legally. Convention said Sheriff and all the national committees were removed. So, when you look at it from the political angle, he is no more the chairman of PDP.”
Meanwhile, the party has described the defection of former speaker of Edo House of Assembly, Mr. Victor Ochei and the governorship candidate of Labour Party in the last general election, Great Ogboru as “inconsequential.”
Publicity Secretary of the PDP in the state, Mr. Michael Osuoza promised the defectors “they would soon find themselves in political wilderness,” and noted that those before them ended up committing political suicide.
Osuoza described the defectors “as political spent forces who lack the capacity to win election even in their own wards, let alone local government and state levels.”
He stressed that the PDP still has the political wherewithal to defeat them in future elections.