I am still PDP chairman – Ex Governor says
Sheriff has however dismissed the action, saying Makarfi is the caretaker committee chairman.
The embattled chairman also described the event as a secret hand-over, adding that the case is still in court, and everything that transpired is illegal.
Sheriff, in a statement issued by his spokesman, Inuwa Bwala, said:
“Our attention has been drawn to the activities at the National secretariat of the PDP to the effect that some individuals masquerading as leaders have handed over to Ahmed Mohammed Makarki under a contraption called caretaker committee.
“We state as a matter of fact that going by proceedings still pending in the courts to the effect that Senator Ali Sheriff remains the National Chairman, whatever transpired was null, void and of no effect whatsoever.
“Sheriff has not mandated anybody, nor was his authority obtained by Uche Secondus, who has been parading himself as acting on behalf of the National Chairman.
“While we await the verdicts of the courts, we wish to state that Senator Ali Modu Sheriff is and remains the National Chairman of the party, until otherwise declared by the courts.
“We allowed the charade to go on at the secretariat without any form of challenge in strict obedience to careful pronouncement on the matter, but we must also state that there is no gathering of groups or individuals, however powerful, such groups or individuals may be, that can be said to take precedence over the law.
“For the avoidance of doubts, we state categorically that what took place at the PDP secretariat on Tuesday June 7, 2016 was a total disregard to court orders. And an extension of the impunity for which the party has been accused of and which has taken the party to where it is today.
“The public should disregard all the actions and pronouncements.”
Ali Modu Sheriff and his executives were removed in coup style at the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) convention which was held in Port-Harcourt, Rivers state, on Saturday, May 22, 2016.
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