The Ahmed Makarfi faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Monday said the Federal Government and ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has continued in pursuit of its plans to distabilise the main opposition, this time, using Rotimi Amaechi, former Rivers State Governor, now Minister for Transport.
In a series of tweets by Prince Dayo Adeyeye, its Publicity Secretary, the party noted: “We have it on good authority that the Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi has deployed his former Abuja Liaison Officer who was a former Intermediate Officer of the Party, Mr. John Enebeli among others to lure some members of staff in support of Senator Sheriff by promising them huge sums of money to offset their outstanding allowances.
“Senator Sheriff is equally luring some employees on the same jumbo promise. Let him recall that he made the same promise when he first assumed office only to dash the hope of the hapless employees,” the statement added.
It hinted that the Senator Ali Modu-Sheriff faction has perfected plans to receive non-serving state executive committees at the National Secretariat in order to mislead unsuspecting public that he has been accepted by the Party’s organs.”
The statement assured that “the entire organs of the party, the founding fathers and elders of the Party and the employees of the party remain totally in support of the National Caretaker Committee (NCC).”
While urging members and supporters nationwide await the determination of the appeal before the Supreme Court, “it is common knowledge that Senator Sheriff and Co. forcefully broke into the Wadata Plaza National Secretariat of the Party around 6:00 PM on Friday 24 February, 2017. The Keys of the National Secretariat are with the Board of Trustees (BoT) who are the Custodians of the Assets of the Party. See Article 32(5)(e) of the PDP Constitution (As Amended in 2012).
“We know that the Keys of the Secretariat are still with the BoT but Sheriff entered by breaking the doors in an action totally unbecoming of a person who has been Governor of a State, Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and also claiming to be a National Chairman of a major Political Party. We therefore demand that Senator Sheriff and Co. vacates the National Secretariat immediately.”
The statement reiterated its earlier claim “that the APC has its hand deep in the PDP crises. There is no doubt that Sheriff’s activities against the PDP are being aided and abated by the APC.
“For the record, just last week, the Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha gave unsolicited advice that we should support Senator Sheriff. That is one instance of their meddlesomeness in the PDP affairs. No doubt that Okorocha and Co. are happy that their man won at the Appeal Court but very much afraid that he could lose at the Supreme Court,” Adeyeye stressed.
As if this was not enough, the statement said the Police “have taken sides in this matter perhaps because of directives of the APC (-led Federal Government),” the faction called for respect of the on-going litigation processes by ensuring that the Sheriff group do not occupy the party’s Wadata Plaza National Secretariat.”