The Ahmed Makarfi-led faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) of colluding with the Nigeria Police Force and the party’s national chairman Ali Modu Sheriff to destroy the opposition party.
Makarfi’s faction of the PDP claims the police is taking sides in the opposition party’s leadership crisis.
Daily Post reports that this accusation was made on Monday, February 27 by factional spokesperson Prince Dayo Adeyeye at a media briefing in Abuja.
He said: “In the light of the above, we are calling on the police and the general public and lovers of peace and democracy to ask Senator Sheriff and co. to respect the on-going litigation processes.
“The police should ensure that Sheriff and co. do not occupy the national secretariat in order to avoid breakdown of law and order. We have noticed that the police have taken sides in this matter, perhaps because of directives from the APC, but a stitch in time saves nine.
“We know that the keys to 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. vacate the national secretariat immediately.”
For APC’s part, Adeyeye claimed that some of members of the ruling party were openly backing Sheriff while others were planning secret financial backing for him.
He said: “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.
“There is 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.
“Also, 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.”
Meanwhile, a report by New Telegraph indicates that governors under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are mulling the idea of floating a new party.
This is irrespective of the outcome of the appeal filed by the Ahmed Makarfi-led national caretaker committee, before the Supreme Court.