Senator Ahmed Makarfi, the chairman of a faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has issued a strong warning to Ali Modu Sheriff to vacate the Wadata Plaza secretariat of the party.
Makarfi also warned Nigeria’s security agencies ‘flush out’ Sheriff from the office so as to avoid another round of chaos in the party and the country.
Sheriff was declared the authentic chairman of the party by a Court of Appeal sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers state, but the faction led by Makarfi has rejected the ruling saying it would head to the Supreme Court.
Earlier on Thursday, February 23, Sheriff had stormed the PDP secretariat in Abuja, but this has not gone down well with the Makarfi faction.
In a statement by Prince Dayo Adeyeye, the spokesperson of the Makarfi faction, the party said Sheriff ‘s action was illegal as he forced his way into the secretariat.
“As far as we are concerned, the forceful entry of Ali Modu-Sheriff and his team into the party secretariat is illegal and most unwelcome.
“We say this because the key to the secretariat are with the board of trustees and we’ve checked with them, and can confirm that the keys were not handed over to Sheriff or any of his followers.
“The implication of this was that he broke into the secretariat which is a criminal offence.
“We also expected that Modu Sheriff should have waited for the conclusion of the appeal we filed at the Supreme Court before he forced himself in just like we held on when we got court judgement favouring us last year.
“We are condemning his action in totality and we view it as an affront on the rule of law.
“Given his act of illegality, we stated clearly that he should be held responsible for any loss of documents or damage to the property within the party secretariat.
“The administrative staff, as accounting officers, were not around to see the event happen, and as the custodians of the property of the party, they refused to participate in the illegal entry made by Ali Modu-Sheriff.
“His action is provocative and is capable of causing another round of crisis in the party. We advise him in his own interest, to vacate the secretariat immediately.
“We also call on authority of the Nigerian police to prevent chaos by flushing Ali Modu-Sheriff and his team out of the PDP secretariat and let all parties wait for the judgement of the Supreme Court which is the highest court in the land,” the statement said.