- The Ahmed Makarfi faction of PDP alleges that Ali Modu Sheriff is interested in contesting the 2019 presidential election
- The faction says Sheriff as the presidential candidate of the PDP will be a real delight for the APC
- The Makarfi faction says the PDP wants to make a serious contention for power in 2019, adding that the party does not want to field a candidate who is the captain of the second team of the ruling party
The Ahmed Makarfi faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has alleged that the party’s national chairman, Ali Modu Sheriff, is holding the party to ransom, because he wants to use the PDP platform to contest for president in the 2019 general elections.
Makarfi faction made the allegation in reaction to Sheriff’s statement on Monday, March 20, that PDP’s presidential ticket will be zoned to the North, The Punch reports.
The faction said: “Yesterday (Monday), while addressing newsmen, as he continues to illegally occupy our Party Secretariat with the backings of the APC Government, the former Borno State Governor clearly stated that he’s interested in contesting the 2019 Presidential Elections using the platform of our Party, the PDP.
“We said it earlier, but most non Party members as well as some members of the Party who could not see beyond the curtains didn’t believe it, but we were sure that Senator Sheriff was holding the Party to ransom because he wanted to hijack the Party and use it for his selfish interest."
It said Sheriff’s statement was evident that his fight for the soul of the PDP was to achieve a set objective which he has been working towards since January 2016 when he was appointed to complete the tenure of Bamanga Tukur and Adamu Muazu who resigned having led the Party to electoral failure in 2015.
Picking holes in Sheriff’s statement, the Makarfi faction said: "The stories in the newspapers today were clear enough.
“For the records, he was asked if he would contest the 2019 Presidential Election and he responded ‘….I only told you I wouldn’t run for chairman at the convention. The rest we will leave it for God to decide.’ What a clever way to announce his presidential ambition!"
It said Sheriff as the presidential candidate of the PDP will be a real delight for the APC.
The faction stated that the PDP wants to make a serious contention for power in 2019, adding that the party does not want to field a candidate who “is the captain of the second team of the Ruling Party”.
Meanwhile, the governor of Bayelsa state, Seriake Dickson has refuted reports that he asked the caretaker chairman of the PDP, Ahmed Makarfi to step down.
Governor Dickson, who is the chairman of the PDP's national reconciliation committee described the report as "misleading".
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) had reported on Monday, March 20 that the Bayelsa governor asked Makarfi to step down.
A statement signed by the special adviser to the governor on media relations, Francis Agbo, the governor said the NAN reporter quoted him out of context.