You will go to jail, PDP attacks Sheriff as party’s crisis deepens

You will go to jail, PDP attacks Sheriff as party’s crisis deepens

- Factional PDP chairman Ali Modu Sheriff may lose his freedom if he continues to parade himself as PDP chairman, the party says

- PDP also accused Jimoh Ibrahim and Ali Modu Sheriff of orchestrating the party's loss in the Ondo election held on Saturday, November 29

You will go to jail, PDP attacks Sheriff as party’s crisis deepens

Senators Ali Modu Sheriff and Makarfi

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has warned Senator Ali Modu Sheriff to stop parading himself as chairman of the opposition party.

The PDP said in a statement made available to on Tuesday, November 29 that Sheriff’s claim that he is the party chairman is illegal because the Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led National Caretaker Committee had been confirmed by a court as authentic leadership of the party.

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“Our attention has been drawn to another set of garbage and tissues of lies put together by the discredited loyalists of Senator Ali Modu-Sheriff in the name of a press statement on Monday, November 28, 2016, wherein, the group tried to sustain it's illegal claim to the leadership of our Party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

“The National Caretaker Committee which has been confirmed severally by the Court as the authentic body saddled with the task of providing leadership for the Party pending the hosting of an elective National Convention, would have ignored the ranting of these men of dishonour but leaving them to continue deceiving Nigerians at this time would not be in the interest of democracy.

“First and foremost, we wish to state categorically that in consonance with Judgment of various Courts, which Ali Modu-Sheriff and his team of confused travelers have not bothered to appeal, the former Borno State Governor is not the Chairman of our Party, the PDP.

“His consistent claim to the Office is a continuation of their plans to sustain mayhem in our Party, but nature and fair justice have taken care of his desperation.

“We wish to draw the attention of all Nigerians to the Judgment delivered by Justice Valentine Ashi of FCT High Court in Apo, Abuja on June 29, 2016, which states clearly that Senator Ali Modu-Sheriff was never and is not the PDP National Chairman; and equally, this Judgment was upheld by the Ruling of Justice Nwamaka Ogbonnaya also of the FCT High Court in Kubwa, Abuja on August 17, 2016.

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“It is instructive to note that Senator Modu-Sheriff and his team of circus performers have not deemed it fit to appeal the Court Judgments. It is tripartite in law that a Judgment not appeal is binding on the defendant.

“The Courts have spoken, and their pronouncements are binding. However, those who wish to spend the rest of their lives behind prison bars may continue to utter heresy against the Court. We hope their children would be proud to bear the family names of convicts.”

The PDP also accused Jimoh Ibrahim of working for the party’s loss of the Ondo election alongside Sheriff and others.

“It is also morally wrong to accuse the National Caretaker Committee of being the reason why the Party is facing challenges in terms of unfavourable election results especially in Edo and Ondo States. Everyone knows the real enemies of the PDP.

“We won't also forget in a hurry the ignoble role Barrister Jimoh Ibrahim played in scuttling our campaign for the Ondo Election. We also know those who pushed him forward for the hatchet job.

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“We are amused that the agents of darkness used by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to cause confusion and frustrate our campaign for the Ondo Election, can accuse the National Caretaker Committee of impunity.

“However, we simply want them to define what impunity is, using their acts of betrayal as a case study. What they are doing is the worst form of impunity, lawlessness, greed and avarice.”

Recall that the Ali Modu Sheriff-led faction of the PDP held the outgoing governor of Ondo state, Olusegun Mimiko responsible for the failure of the party to win the November 26 governorship election in the state.

The deputy national chairman for the faction, Dr. Cairo Ojougboh, in an address to newsmen on Sheriff's behalf in Abuja on Monday, November 28, said PDP would have won the Ondo election convincingly if PDP members like ‎Oke had not left PDP for AD and Mimiko managed leadership sportsmanly.


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