Why We Sacked Edo PDP Exco – Sherriff

By Suleiamn MOHAMMED, Abuja Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Senator Ali Modu Sheriff has explained why the National Working Committee NWC last week sacked the Executive Committee of Edo State chapter of the party, saying their becoming too irresponsible in handling their duties having forfeited the confidence of the majority members of the party in the state. He has also explain why the party nullified Last week’s election of Pastor OsagieIze- Iyamu as the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the September election in Edo State. Senator Ali Modu Sheriff suspended the state executive committee of the party “sequel to various petitions deriving from allegations of irregularities arising from the last state congresses that sought to elect State Executive Committee for the chapter.” He had earlier nullified the Plateau State congress of the party and promised to set machinery in motion for the emergence of a fresh executive committee for the state PDP. Sheriff and the National Secretary of the PDP, Prof. Wale Oladipo, in a statement in Abuja yesterday, said the suspension of the Edo PDP exco was part of the decision taken at the NWC meeting of June 21, 2016. They said the suspension would enable the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party investigate the allegations contained in the petitions and come out with a fair and just decision. Sheriff proceeded to appoint an eight-member caretaker committee to run the affairs of the state chapter for a period of three months. The members are: Chief Ebenezer Alabi (chairman); Barr. Zealiwe Edmund (secretary); EhimekpenOkharedia, Mrs. Melody EkunneOsagie, Blessing Agbabaku, Negerese Berry, Hon Daniel OhioleAsekhame and Mr.DanOmozokpai as members. In nullifying the Plateau PDP congress earlier, Sheriff also dismissed claim by the Ahmed Makarfi-led caretaker committee that he was working for the APC. He said: “Makarfi should shut up” and threatened to expose the committee chairman and Ben Obi, its national secretary. At the meeting with the Plateau delegation, which pledged support for him, the leader of the opposition party said he would soon inaugurate a committee to organise a fresh congress in the state. Sheriff alleged that Makarfi and Obi had been paying secret visits to an APC chieftain. He challenged them to dare him and see how he would expose them.“If there are people in the PDP working for the APC, it’s Makarfi
and Obi. Makarfi should not force me to reveal details that I should not reveal under normal circumstances,” he said. “Makarfi and Obi have gone to visit one APC chieftain in his house twice and this particular individual is still in the APC. It would have been better if the man had left the APC to join the PDP. “They are reserving the 2019 presidential ticket of the PDP for this individual who has been funding their activities. “If Makarfi continues to attack my person, I will be forced to reveal further details of their alliance. So, Makarfi should just shut up.”


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