- He wants to destroy the party –Makarfi
From Taiwo Amodu, Abuja
IN a move to halt the national convention of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) the chairman of its dissolved national working committee, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff has written to the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) not to observe the convention slated for August 17 in Port Harcourt.
In a letter dated August 2, 2016, and addressed to INEC chairman, Professor Mahmoud Yaquub, Sheriff declared that the Makarfi-led Caretaker Committee, a creation of the national convention of the main opposition party, was illegal and has no powers, under the PDP constitution, to convene the party’s National Convention.
Claiming ignorance of the scheduled convention, Sheriff said the electoral body and the general public should note that the PDP, under his leadership, was not planning any national convention as he has not been so authorised by the National Executive Committee. He further claimed that any convention organised by the Makarfi committee would be in direct contempt of valid court orders, which accorded him recognition.
Spokesperson of the Makarfi led committee, Dayo Adeyeye said Sheriff’s action was not only meant to scuttle the forthcoming national convention, but, also, another clear evidence of his determination to destroy the PDP.
Adeyeye, in a statement, submitted that the ruling of Justice Okon Abang which Sheriff was relying on “is a mere narrative of the case before the Federal High Courts in Lagos and in Port Harcourt Divisions. It does not set aside or nullified the judgment of Justice Liman which has authenticated the May 21 national convention and the resolutions emanating therefrom.”
He further noted that “the ruling did not, anywhere, direct INEC to do anything or not to do anything, to discharge or not to discharge any obligation; to perform any function or not to perform any function.
“In essence, it is a mere legal tale and the order having been made without any application before him by either of the parties has no foundation in law.”
The PDP caretaker committee further recalled that Justice Valerie Arshi had, in a judgment, nullified the appointment of Sheriff as chairman of the party.