‘Disregard Sheriff’s faction of PDP’ – Markafi committee

The National Caretaker Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party-led by Ahmed Markafi, on Saturday, called on the Independent National Electoral Commission not to recognize the candidate of the Ali Modu Sheriff for the Edo governorship election.

This was stated by the National Publicity Secretary of the Caretaker Committee, Prince Dayo Adeyeye while speaking with newsmen in Port Harcourt.

Adeyeye stated that the governorship candidate of the party remains Osagie Ize-Iyamu, warning that the judiciary through its riling was deepening the crisis in the party and was dangerous to Nigeria’s democracy.

He said, “In Edo, the Sheriff faction is saying INEC must recognise the candidate submitted by it (Sheriff faction). How would INEC take something from a man that is only a busybody to the party?”

“If a court had ruled that Sheriff is not the chairman of the PDP, how then would a court say that INEC should recognise a candidate recognised by Sheriff.”

Adeyeye stated that Sheriff should desist from parading himself as the chairman of the party.

Speaking on the numerous court orders issued on the PDP crisis, he said, “When has it become the tradition for courts to choose executive members of a party?”

“Sheriff is saying that he is the national chairman of the PDP by a court order even when the governors and other members of the party have rejected him. Some people are trying to use the judiciary to destroy Nigeria’s democracy.”

“An example is what is playing out in Abia State. But we are not going to allow our nation’s democracy to be destroyed. Nigeria has become a laughing stock and we must sensitise people to this because it (indiscriminate court injunctions) is a new development.”

“People are trying to manipulate the judiciary for their own gains and this is dangerous for democracy. The PDP National Convention is supreme and Sheriff has no legal basis to parade himself as the PDP national chairman.”

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