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Northern youths tell Makarfi to stop blackmailing Sheriff


Ali Modu Sheriff

Ali Modu Sheriff

As the tussle for the control of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) continued between the embattled ousted interim National Chairman, Sen. Ali Modu Sheriff and the leaders of the party, a group, Northern Youths United Against Impunity has faulted a report credited to the National Caretaker Committee that Sheriff, was being used by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) against the PDP.

The group dismissed the caretaker committee’s position as a propaganda and cheap blackmail against the former governor of Borno State.

But the former National Deputy Chairman of the party, Chief Olabode George insisted Sheriff should follow the part of honour and allow peace reign in the party.

He said it would be in the best interest of the party and Sheriff to go as majority of the members no longer want him to retain the position “no individual can be greater than the PDP’s national convention.”

The group’s National Coordinator, Alhaji Tanko Yunusa claimed that the view by the Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led panel “lacks the facts and adequate information to address the contending issues.”

According to a statement by Yunusa, “If Makarfi’s panel claimed that it is the APC that is using Sheriff to destabilize our party, shall we also say it was the APC that used Governor Ayo Fayose and others who brought him and sold him to other stakeholders as the ‘messiah’ the PDP needed to survive?”

The group further dismissed as inconsequential the alleged complicity leveled against the police by the caretaker committee, saying: “The security agents at the party’s National Secretariat are acting within their constitutionally guaranteed powers to maintain law and order.

According to Yunusa, “The police acted responsibly and respectfully in obedience to the orders of the Federal High Court, Lagos made on the 24th of May, 2016.

On the purported decision of the party’s National Convention, Yunusa queried if there could be a valid National Convention if the national chairman, who is mandatorily expected, according to provisions of Article 33 Section1 and Subsection 1a of the PDP’s Constitution, to preside over the national convention had announced the postponement of the convention after a meeting of the National Working Committee (NWC) to that effect?

He also highlighted that Article 29 1(b) of the PDP’s Constitution empowers the NWC to act on behalf of the National Executive Committee (NEC) in case of emergency as in the extant case.

The Northern youths noted that the same people who vilified Sheriff and others for going to the courts have also resorted to the same court seeking to confer legitimacy on the happenings in Port Harcourt.

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