Nine members of the dissolved National Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party led by Uche Secondus have dissociated themselves from Ali Modu Sheriff's lawsuit against Makarfi.
According to a report by Punch Newspaper, nine out of the 12 members that constituted the dissolved NWC have dissociated themselves from the suit filed by Sheriff, against the party’s National Caretaker Chairman, Sen. Ahmed Makarfi.
The nine members which include Uche Secondus and Abubakar Mustapha have said that Sheriff didn’t seek their consent before filling the suit, hence, they remain committed to the actions taken at the party’s national convention in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
Speaking on the issue, Sheriff's deputy, Secondus said, “Eight of us had two days ago, pledged our loyalty to Makarfi and we haven’t changed our stand on that. As a matter of fact, the former NOS, Mustapha, has joined us. Thus, nine of us are behind him. We didn’t ask Sheriff, who is a friend to us, to file any suit on our behalf."
Speaking further, Secondus said, 'We didn’t meet to resolve to go to court or ask anyone to act on our behalf. We are going to write the court to say this. We are not a party of the case.
' Sheriff is our friend, we are happy to say that. But we must protect the interest of the pay and millions of its members. This is not the time to allow personal ambition to destroy the collective interest and ambition of millions, who look up to the patty for salvation.'
Sheriff had instituted a lawsuit challenging Makarfi's emergence as the interim Caretaker chairman saying his tenure would end on December 11, 2018 since he replaced a former National Chairman of the PDP, Adamu Muazu, whose mandate he inherited.
Sheriff had filed the lawsuit on behalf of himself, the former NWC members and their deputies.
Reacting to the dissociation by the nine members of the NWC, Sheriff, who spoke to Punch Newspaper through his aide, Inuwa Bwala said the members dissociating themselves from the suit should go and inform the court.