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The many PDP myths

The many PDP myths
By Abu Najakku 

Last weekend, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), still smarting from the beating it received at the 2015 general election, regrouped at Eagle Square Abuja at a non-elective convention. The party had broken into two with a faction led by each of the former governor of Kaduna state, Senator Ahmed Mohammed Makarfi and former governor of Borno state, Senator Modu Ali Sheriff. PDP’s attempt to hold a convention in Port Harcourt in May, 2016 was prohibited by a court which also ruled in favour of Modu Sheriff as the authentic chairman of the party. However, a recent ruling by the Supreme Court handed the party’s leadership to Senator Ahmed Makarfi. So, there is a chance that PDP will pick up the pieces and cohere again, which is a plus for our democracy.

Nonetheless, there are a number of myths clouding the PDP skyline. A leading PDP myth was that they were going to rule Nigeria for an unbroken period of 60 years! Well, we all know that this myth has been shattered because the party was thrown out of power after 16 years miserable years. To be sure, when the PDP was formed in 1999 by the likes Chief Alex Ekwueme, Mohammed Abubakar Rimi, Chief Solomon Lar, Professor Jerry Gana, Bola Ige, etc., it held great promise but alas, it was taken over by outsiders and by 2003, it had ceased to be the peoples party conceived by the founders.

The party continues to brandish itself as the largest party in Africa, even though it doesn’t know how many members it has, which is just another myth. When one of its former chairmen, Chief Okweselieze Nwodo attempted to digitise its membership, he was removed from office. Obviously, the PDP prefers to bandy imaginary figures regarding its strength and capturing the data on computer would have exposed their fallacies. Ask PDP, how many members has it.

The number one thing that accelerated the departure of PDP from governance in 16 instead of 60 years was its failure to solve the very problems it promised to tackle, on top of a debilitating culture of corruption that it promoted and this brings us to another myth about the PDP. It is that the party and its members are being witch hunted by the current administration. Notwithstanding the recoveries of millions of Dollars, Naira and Pounds as well as ill-gotten property made by this government, the PDP continues to protest the innocence of its thieving stalwarts. No one who had observed how PDP exercised power during these 16 years would believe that they are innocent when it comes to the management of our national resources.

So, contrary to what its old face, former President Goodluck Jonathan, spiritedly submitted at the Eagle square this past weekend, corruption was alive and well during his administration. His unremitting defence and exoneration of Diezani Alison-Madueke, “Nigeria’s best Minister of Petroleum”, of allegations of corruption turned out to be silly and embarrassing. Neither her nor the NNPC, which she superintended was innocent of those charges and with continuous scandalous revelations at the UK and US ends of the intercontinental investigations, it is hard to see how this mammy oil will avoid conviction. Remember, the PDP wanted to build a second runway at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport at the cost of N64 billion! They PDP wanted to construct a gate at the Vice President’s new residence at the cost of N7 billion! We are still constructing the Umar Musa Yar’adua expressway that connects the city of Abuja with the airport even though the PDP awarded the contract in 2009!

The latest myth about the PDP is that it will return to power in 2019, I don’t know what makes them believe so. The party is still behaving like its old self and unless it wakes up to the current reality, it will spend the sixty years it gave itself, not in government but in opposition. Instead of building new rail lines, the PDP spent billions of Naira trying to breathe life into a century-old, expired railway system. Although the PDP awarded contracts for the renewal of the expressways in the South East, none of them had been done because the money had been stolen.

Another myth is that PDP will return to power with Atiku Abubakar at the head of its ticket. Atiku is in and out of political parties seeking their tickets to contest the presidency and he has been running since 1992! Is Atiku no longer part of the problem? Is he now part of the solution? Have the bigots in the southern part of Nigeria ceased to see the Fulani as the cause of our national problems? Because I need to remind them that Atiku Abubakar is a Fulani man and speaks only Fulfulde when he is in Adamawa! On the other hand, their nemesis, Muhammadu Buhari, does not even speak Fulfulde. How can the likes of Femi Fani-Kayode allow the presidential ticket of the PDP to be zoned to those “morons and devils” up North in 2019?

Be that as it may, Atiku Abubakar is unelectable. Atiku cannot win the North West and South West. The North West and South West zones will not vote for Atiku because he is permanently damaged by the perception that he is corrupt and desperate for the Presidency. Of course, he will do well in the South East and the South South because for them the All Progressive Congress is a humiliation and so any alternative candidate will be welcomed. But Atiku is a hard sell in the North and his stunning stance on restructuring lately will finally sink him.

The question Nigerians will still ask the PDP is how was it possible that the party did not solve a single national problem despite the quantum of resources that accrued to it from 1999 to 2015?

Source: Daily Trust

PDP extends Makarfi’s tenure, dissolves executive in Lagos, six other states 

PDP extends Makarfi’s tenure, dissolves executive in Lagos, six other states 


The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Caretaker Committee has extended, by four months, the tenure of Senator Ahmed Makarfi as the Caretaker Committee Chairman.



The extension is in order to allow time to, reorganize, strengthen and prepare the party to conduct an elective National Convention to elect new officers for PDP.

Party members voted overwhelmingly for extension of the tenure of the Caretaker Committee at the convention, which held at the Eagles Square with over 5000 members in attendance.


This is the first national gathering of the party members since the Supreme Court judgement that reaffirmed Senator Ahmed Makarfi as the Caretaker Committee Chairman after ousting the former chairman, Ali Sheriff.

The party equally dissolved its executive committees in 7 states of Adamawa, Borno, Kebbi, Kwara, Lagos, Ogun and Osun States.

The dissolution of executives, according to party leaders, was the fall out of the crises bedeviling the party in the affected state in which case, parallel and conflicting organs had arisen.

The National Convention in addition, mandated the Makarfi-led National Caretaker Committee to set up caretaker Committees which in turn would conduct states and local government congresses in the 7 states by the party’s mandate.

Also, the PDP ratified the results of the Congresses which successfully held across the states of the federation between May and March in 2016.

Speaking at the occasion, the Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Senate Caucus, Sen. Godswill Akpabio, assured that the party will not support any separatist agenda in the country.
Governor Akpabio assured of the PDP’s support to policies of the present administration, which were aimed at taking the country out of recession but, however, said that the party would not support any policy that would plunge the country into depression.

Former President Goodluck Jonathan, his former Deputy Namadi Sambo, Chairman of the 2017 Special Non-Elective National Convention Planning Committee, Sen. Arthur I. Okowa, former Governor of Akwa Ibom state and Senate Minority Leader, Chief Godswill Akpabio and Chairman of the Board of Trustees (BOT), Sen. Walid Jubril were in attendance.

Also in attendance were Governors Ekiti, Ayodele Fayose, River state, Chief Nyesom Wike, Akwa Ibom, Emmanuel Udum, Taraba state, Arc. Darius Ishaku, Gombe state, Dr. Ibrahim Hassan Dankwanbo, Deputy Governor of Bayelsa state, Rear Admiral, John Jonah, Deputy Governor of Cross River state, Professor Ivara Esu, Deputy Governor of Ebonyi state, Dr. Eric Kelechi Igwe, National Vice Chairmen, State Chairmen, Party stalwarts and other leaders of the PDP nationwide.

Culled from Vanguard 

PDP moves to woo Obasanjo, Atiku others back

PDP moves to woo Obasanjo, Atiku others back

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo

The PDP, yesterday, inaugurated a reconciliation committee headed by Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State and his Gombe State counterpart, Ibrahim Dankwambo.

The party also inaugurated the convention and disciplinary committees, headed by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State and Chief Tom Ikimi, respectively.

The event took place at the Chida Hotel, in Abuja, where the National Caretaker Committee Chairman, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, told the reconciliation committee to see to the return of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, Senate President Bukola Saraki and many others.

Ex-president Obasanjo had torn his PDP membership card in a dramatic fashion prior to the 2015 general elections and denounced membership of the party, while Atiku dumped the party in 2014.

Similarly, a former Senate president, Ken Nnamani; a former governor of old Anambra State, Senator Jim Nwobodo; Senator Nelson Effiong; Senator Andy Ubah,; former governor of Plateau State, Joshua Dariye; former governor of Abia State, Orji Uzor Kalu; former governor of Bauchi State, Isa Yuguda; governors Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State and Samuel Ortom of Benue State all left the party.

Others who left were former governor of Edo State, Oserheimen Osunbor; former governor of Jigawa State, Saminu Turaki and a former deputy governor, Alhaji Ahmed Mahmud Gumel among many others.

While inaugurating the three committees, Makarfi said “reconciliation is a gradual thing but we must do it with all sense of sincerity.”

He added that “The reconciliation committee is to reconcile and bring back to the fold, those who held top political offices on the platform of the PDP be it president, vice president or speaker.

“We must not close our door to anyone coming into the party. In fact, you can even reconcile with those who have never been in the PDP and bring them into the party. The committee must open the door for new members,” he said.

Chairman of the convention committee, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa said, “We are aware that we have challenges but we are also aware that God has a purpose for that. We are going to organise a convention through non-elective process that will shake Abuja and the entire Nigeria,” he said.

Prominent personalities at the event were former governors Malam Ibrahim Shekarau (Kano), Boni Haruna (Adamawa), Otumba Gbenga Daniel (Ogun), Ibrahim Shema (Katsina), Babangida Aliyu (Niger), Liyel Imoke (Cross River) and Emmanuel Uduaghah (Delta).

Others were former deputy Senate president, Ibrahim Mantu; former minister of Special Duties, Alhaji Kabiru Tanimu Turaki; broadcast mogul, Chief Raymond Dokpesi; deputy governors and many other party chieftains.

Source: Daily Trust

PDP governors visit Buhari in London

PDP governors, others to visit President Buhari

Segun Olugbile , Olusola Fabiyi and Olalekan Adetayo

Governors elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party are among six governors who are scheduled to leave Nigeria today to visit President Muhammadu Buhari in London , The PUNCH learnt in Abuja on Monday night .

It was gathered that the visit was being organised by the office of the National Security Adviser, Major General Babagana Munguno (retd . ) .

It was not clear if the NSA was responsible for the governors who were picked for the trip .

Our correspondent learnt that the six governors were picked from the six geo – political zones of the country.

Listed among the six governors are Udom Emmanuel ( Akwa Ibom ) , Dave Umahi (Ebonyi ) , Abdulaziz Yari ( Zamfara ), and Abiola Ajimobi ( Oyo ) .

The four governors are from the South – South , South – East , North – West and South- West respectively .

Our correspondent could not verify the identities of the two other governors , who are expected to come from the North – East and North -Central .

A governor, who is not among those travelling to see Buhari , said those chosen for the journey were picked outside what he described as the Nigeria Governors ’ Forum .

He added that he was surprised when he heard about the journey from one of his counterparts , stating that if the secretariat and the governors had been contacted , the governors would have picked at least one of the PDP governors that had been critical of the President .

He said , “Our colleagues are going to London to see the President . But I ’ m not happy that someone like the Governor of Ekiti State , Mr . Ayodele Fayose , or his Rivers State counterpart , Mr . Nyesom Wike , is not on the delegation .

“ Though there are PDP governors on the delegation , we know ourselves and also know those we know are truly part of the opposition and those close to the ruling All Progressives Congress .

“ The governors had been directed to be at the Presidential Wing of the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport , Abuja , tomorrow (Tuesday ) . From there, they will fly to the United Kingdom . ”

The governors are expected to have lunch with the President before returning to the country on Wednesday .

A governor, who spoke on condition of anonymity with The PUNCH on Monday night , confirmed that some governors mooted the idea, but said he would not want to speak on the planned visit .

“ Yes , they mentioned it ( visit ); some APC governors mooted the idea but I don ’ t want to say anything on that for now , ” the governor stated .

Buhari , who is currently receiving medical treatment in London , the United Kingdom , had, on Sunday , hosted the APC’ s National Chairman , Chief John Odigie- Oyegun , and four state governors inside the Abuja House in the British capital .

The release of the photograph of the meeting , the first of such since the President left the country on May 7 , raised hope that Buhari might soon return to the country.

No date yet for Buhari’ s return

Meanwhile , despite the meeting he held with some APC state governors on Sunday , no date has been fixed for Buhari ’ s return to the country, The PUNCH learnt on Monday .

But investigations by one of our correspondents showed that no date had yet been fixed for the President ’ s return .

Sources, who spoke with one of our correspondents , said although the President ’ s health had improved tremendously , his return date was still in the hands of his doctors .

“ The President made it clear in his letter to the National Assembly that the duration of his stay in London would be determined by his doctor . That has not changed . He must get a clean bill of health before he returns , ” one of the sources said .

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity , Mr . Femi Adesina , confirmed this in an interview with The PUNCH .

When asked to say specifically when Buhari was due back in the country in view of the latest development , Adesina said , “ I am not a doctor and even if I am , it is clear that I am not part of the team that is attending to the President .

“ His date of return will be decided by that medical team. ”

Adesina also confirmed to one of our correspondents that the Sunday meeting was just one among other meetings Buhari would have with individuals before returning to the country.

He said , “More meetings are coming ; there will be broader ones . That Sunday meeting was just the beginning . ”

The presidential spokesman added that the Presidency was not in any way disturbed by the two cases instituted in court seeking to compel the Federal Executive Council to declare Buhari incapacitated and asking Senate President Bukola Saraki to constitute a medical panel on Buhari ’ s health condition .

“ We are in a democracy ; it is their ( plaintiffs’) right . The court will determine the case on its merit , ” Adesina said .

Source: The Punch

How PDP plots to topple APC in 2019

How PDP plots to topple APC in 2019


By Hamza Idris & Saawua Terzungwe


The acrimony in the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the last two years, occasioned by the protracted leadership tussle between Senators Ahmed Makarfi and Ali Modu Sheriff had, to a great extent, compelled many optimists and die-hard supporters of the party to give up. However, the recent Supreme Court judgment did not only rekindle hope in the PDP, but gave its handlers the confidence to write-off the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) long before the 2019 election year.

Leaders of the PDP have in the last few days rolled out plans that would help them win in 2019 as evidenced in the confidence they exuded shortly after the Supreme Court judgment that settled their protracted crisis.

They made many collective proclamations and individual statements on how they would recapture power from the APC.

Though the PDP leaders have made public some of the strategies they would adopt to unseat the APC, they nonetheless, for the sake of expediency, kept other tricks very close to their chests.

It was gathered that PDP handlers would between now and election time work tirelessly to revive its comatose structures across the country, bring back key elders, senior officials and members that defected to other parties.

This, it was further learnt, would be achieved by deploying facts and figures in convincing Nigerians that the ruling APC is not actually what it said it was before 2015.

Most importantly, the PDP will weed out elements who were allegedly planted by the ruling APC to cause confusion within its ranks.

Sources within the party said some of the strategies they would use will only be unveiled as the political temperament progresses ahead of 2019, just like what the APC did between 2013 and 2014 ahead of the 2015 elections.

The aggressive manner which the PDP is trying to rediscover itself is evident in the way many of its leaders who hitherto disappeared from the political scene suddenly resurfaced with much confidence. They all regained their voices shortly after the Supreme Court which upheld Senator Makarfi as national chairman.

Already, people like the acclaimed national leader of the party, ex-president Goodluck Jonathan, Senator Makarfi, Chief Olabode George and the chairman of the Board of Trustees, Senator Walid Jibrin, have all said a lot to renew hope in the minds of their followers that indeed, there would be another opportunity for the PDP.

Former President Goodluck Jonathan

They all found relief when the three-man panel of justices at the Supreme Court stated that in the course of the two year dispute, Sheriff had displayed an “infantile desperation to remain in power” which was not legally his.

Sheriff had filed 10 different suits in different courts within one year in his bid to remain in power, an act the Supreme Court said would only gather dust in judicial archives.

On the day the Supreme Court announced the final judgment, many PDP leaders thronged to the court in Abuja. They included former governors of Jigawa and Kano, Sule Lamido and Ibrahim Shekarau; governors Ayo Fayose and Nyesom Wike of Ekiti and Rivers States, deputy speaker of the House of Representatives, Chief Olabode Bode George, Emeka Ihedioha Ben Obi and Dayo Adeyeye and Professor Jerry Gana were all at the Supreme Court and later at the PDP secretariat, signifying a new realignment for the party.

Jonathan, who had distanced himself from serious politicking, also said PDP is now back.

What PDP leaders did before the judgment

Sources said Jonathan and other leaders had endless sleepless nights when the PDP case reached the apex court considering the fact that Sheriff, the embattled chairman of the party, had won in many of the cases in High Courts and the Appeal Court.

“He (Jonathan) was really disturbed because he doesn’t want to be made a laughing stock on the grounds that the PDP fell under his watch,” a source in the PDP said.

“Though the ex-president did not directly try to influence the judgment at the Supreme Court in any way, he directed some of the best legal brains working for him to put heads together with Makarfi’s lawyers in order not to have a miscarriage at the apex court,” he said.

“President Jonathan was actually disturbed because Sheriff had cursed and disparaged almost everyone in the PDP. At a time, he walked out on Jonathan and later issued a statement asking anyone not satisfied with his leadership to leave the PDP and form another one. So, we were able to argue our case very well at the Supreme Court and judgment favoured us,” he said.

In several tweets on his Twitter handle a few minutes after the judgment, Jonathan removed the veil on his shoulders to re-launch himself firmly in the PDP by calling on former members of the party that defected over the leadership crisis to return “home.”

 “I thank God for this day of Justice and may God bless Nigeria,” he said.

Another apparent advantage for the PDP is that most of its leaders do not see the issue of zoning its presidential candidate as a problem.

At its Port Harcourt convention in 2016 which was contested by Sheriff but upheld by the Supreme Court, the PDP leaders had adopted the report of the Senator Ike Ekweremadu-led committee which zoned the party’s presidential ticket to the North and the national chairmanship position to the South.

And in the last one week, PDP leaders held four major meetings and resolved many contentious issues.

The meetings included the expanded caucus meeting, the caucus meeting, the BoT meeting and the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting.

At the end of the meetings, leaders of the party resolved to hold a non-elective convention in August this year.

The National Publicity Secretary, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, said they would use the special non-elective convention to settle all the constitutional matters.

 Sources said there is the likelihood for the tenure of the Makarfi-led caretaker committee to be extended. This, according to the sources, is to enable it organize a convention that will usher in new elected leaders for the party.

Other areas which the PDP leaders harped include discipline and impunity, two areas which pundits said affected the party in 2015 when many of its vibrant followers were frustrated.

The NEC meeting held recently proposed amendments in the party’s constitution that will deal with issues of discipline, internal democracy and administrative bottlenecks.

The Makarfi-led caretaker committee had during one of the meetings announced what it called “amnesty” for the Sheriff group.

In a separate interview, Makarfi, who sounded very serious, said a line had been drawn, meaning that any member who erred again after the Supreme Court judgment would face the wrath of the law.

Political solution may prove tough

While there is evidence of sanity in the PDP, the Makarfi committee would have to contend with recalcitrant members and this would only be resolved through political massaging.

For instance, The South West faction of the PDP loyal to Sheriff has defected to the Mega Party of Nigeria (MPN).

The faction, which has representation in all the six states of the South-west, said the alleged inflammatory statements of the Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, and removal of the names of some of the leaders of the party in the region at recent meetings held in Abuja, were responsible for their decision to leave the PDP.

The South-west chairman of the faction and former PDP chairman in Ondo State, Hon. Ebenezer Alabi, said they resolved to leave the party for Governor Fayose and his cohorts.

“We believe in the judiciary and we had intention of cooperating with the Makarfi group before they started making inflammatory comments. They said they wanted to give us amnesty as if we were Boko Haram or militants,” he said.

Sheriff also proved defiant in a statement he issued after the various meetings held by the party which he did not attend.

In a statement by his spokesman, Bernard Mikko, Sheriff, who sounded as if he is still the chairman of the party, called on his supporters to remain in the PDP until it was returned to the grass roots.

Bigwigs who quit PDP that must return

Many PDP chieftains have left the party and while some might likely return in the event realignment in the APC did not favour them, others must be cajoled to have soft spot for it even if they would not return.

Prominent politicians that are no longer in the PDP include former president Olusegun Obasanjo, former vice president Atiku Abubakar, former PDP national chairman Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, former governors Murtala Nyako (Adamawa), Abdulfatah Ahmed (Kwara), Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso (Kano), Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers), Aliyu Wamakko (Sokoto), Joshua Dariye (Plateau), Orji Uzor Kalu (Abia), Isa Yuguda (Bauchi) and Saminu Turaki (Jigawa).

Incumbent governor Atiku Bagudu (Kebbi) and Samuel Ortom (Benue) were all members of the PDP before they defected to the APC at the height of electioneering.

Others that defected include former Senate President Ken Nnamani, former governor of the old Anambra State, Senator Jim Nwobodo, Senator Nelson Effiong (Akwa Ibom South), Senator Andy Uba (Anambra South), former PDP national chairman, Chief Barnabas Gemade, former governor of Edo State Oserheimen Osunbor, former deputy governor of Jigawa State Alhaji Ahmed Mahmud Gumel and Senator Muhammad Baban Beta among many others.

Thousands of PDP followers across the 37 states of the federal have defected and would need to be convinced to return to make it strong ahead of 2019.

But the National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Malam Bolaji Abdullahi, said they are not afraid.

“Makarfi or Ali-Modu Sheriff is no threat to us, we are looking at the institution and not the person. The PDP is a party that institutionalised corruption and failed to handle the security of the nation,” he said.
Culled from Daily Trust

I would have burnt my PDP card if Sheriff had won,  Fayose

I would have burnt my PDP card if Sheriff had won,  Fayose

Fayose

Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayo Fayose, said he would have burnt his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) membership card if the court had declared Ali Modu Sheriff chairman of the party.

He said that he would have also destroyed the party’s flag in his possession.

Fayose, who returned to the state on Friday after the Wednesday’s Supreme Court session, stated this while addressing PDP supporters in Ado-Ekiti.

He said that he would have destroyed his membership card of the party and the flag right at the court premises if the verdict had been in favour of Sheriff.

“I never imagined myself being in the same party with impostors” he said.

The governor, however, said that Sheriff and his followers had been forgiven but won’t go scot-free for causing the party members so much pain.

“I went to court with a perfume which I wanted to use to spray my cards and party flags and set them ablaze even within the court premises if Sheriff had won; that was why I went to court.

“Although I believe that we remain the same PDP family, no one can cause our party such pains and embarrassment and expect that he will go without being asked to account for his actions.

“The `no victor, no vanquished’ that we said was a mere political slogan. Whoever that participated in this charade must show some reasonable level of remorse for his actions,” he said.

Source: Daily Trust

Sheriff rejects amnesty, says party now hijacked by looters

PDP now in the hands of looters –Sheriff

Olusola Fabiyi , Abuja

Former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party , Senator Ali Modu Sheriff , has said that the party has been returned to those he described as treasury looters .

He also denied media reports (not in

The PUNCH ) that he had congratulated the Chairman of the party ’ s National Caretaker Committee, Senator Ahmed Makarfi , over his victory at the Supreme Court on Wednesday .

He denied having any Twitter account , where the alleged message was taken from .

The Supreme Court had in its judgment , upheld the constitution of the caretaker committee and endorsed the removal of Sheriff at the party ’ s national convention , held in Port Harcourt, Rivers State , in May 2016 .

The judgment , therefore , ended the 14 – month battle for the leadership of the party , which was the country’ s ruling party from 1999 to 2015 .

The crisis in the party led to the defection of some of its members to other parties, and during the time the leadership tussle was going on , it lost the governorship elections in Ondo and Edo states to the All Progressives Congress .

The spokesperson for the Makarfi – led committee, Prince Dayo Adeyeye , had on Thursday said it was offering Sheriff and his group “ amnesty ” , adding that nobody would be punished for the loss which the party had suffered since the beginning of the crisis . He , however , warned that the party would not condone further negative actions by Sheriff and his group .

But Sheriff , who spoke through the spokesperson for the National Working Committee sacked by the Supreme Court , Mr . Bernard Mikko , said it was wrong for the Makarfi – led caretaker committee to have said the PDP would grant him and members of his former executive committee “ amnesty ” .

Others in Sheriff ’ s camp include the party ’ s former National Secretary , Prof . Wale Oladipo; Sheriff ’ s deputy , Dr . Cairo Ojougboh , and some members of the National Assembly.

The Sheriff – led faction also had the support of some state chapters of the party and some governors .

Mikko , in a message sent to our correspondent , described Adeyeye ’ s statement as reckless, saying that “ amnesty ” ought to be given to those who had committed offence against the party .

He said that Sheriff and his group did not occupy the national secretariat of the party illegally , adding that the party belonged to all.

He said , “ I take exception to the reckless statement credited to Prince Dayo Adeyeye , suggesting that amnesty has been granted to Senator Ali Modu Sheriff , his National Working Committee and supporters . Amnesty is a reprieve for those who have committed offence under our statute. ”

According to Mikko , Sheriff and his camp were forced to vacate the party ’ s national secretariat by the police .

He said , “However , the office was officially reopened for us after we presented the Certified True Copy of the judgment of the 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 ( on ) fraud , treasury looting and dishonesty , with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission .

“ The Supreme Court of Nigeria is the highest court in our land and we await the copy of the full judgment delivered on July 12 , 2017 .

“ No one owns the party and those making unguarded and reckless statements in the public domain should realise 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. ”

On the alleged congratulatory message to Makarfi and his group , Mikko described “ the alleged congratulatory message credited to an imaginary Twitter handle of Sheriff ” as a fraud.

He said , “ For the avoidance of doubt , Senator Sheriff does not have or own a Twitter account and could not have tweeted any message .

“ We , therefore , view the said message as fake and mischievous and should be regarded as that of evil doers.

“ We further warn all mischief – makers to desist from trying to exploit the huge political capital of Senator Sheriff for selfish gains . ”

In its reaction , the Makarfi – led committee said it would no longer allow Sheriff and his group to distract it, adding that it would henceforth devote its time to building the party .

It also said its time would be spent constructively criticising the APC- led Federal Government.

Adeyeye also said the PDP no longer had factions.

He said , “I will no longer engage them. Supreme Court is the final arbiter and it has pronounced that there is no faction in the PDP.

“ We have done the right thing by offering our hands of fellowship to them. We won’ t engage them any longer because we are now one . ”