PDP Edo primary: Sheriff, Markafi in battle of supremacy

The leadership crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Saturday, took a new turn as the Ahmed Markafi-led executive of the party overturned the decision of the Ali Modu Sheriff-led executive to suspend the Edo state PDP executive committee.

The caretaker committee’s decision was supported by the Edo state leadership of the party led by Dan Orbih.

Sheriff had suspended the state executive committee for holding a governorship primary election in the state which produced Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu as the party’s flagbearer and had also fixed June 29 for a new gubernatorial primary for the state.

The caretaker committee, in statement signed by the Head of Publicity of the committee, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, made its position on the issue known.

“The attention of the Care-Taker Committee of the Peoples’ Democratic Party has been drawn to press statement issued by Senator Ali Modu Sheriff and professor Wale Oladipo purporting to suspend the Edo State Executive Committee of the Party.”

“The general public, in particular leadership and members of the PDP in Edo State are advised to ignore the statement as it is completely with neither basis nor authority. Procedures for taking such far reaching decisions are prescribed in the constitution of the party, so is the organs so empowered to take it.”

“It is no longer news that the Ali Modu Sheriff led National Working Committee and indeed all national officers were removed by the Party’s Convention, which is the highest decision making organ of the Party. Senator Sheriff and his cohorts therefore lack the locus to take any decision on behalf of the Party.”

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