Sheriff, Makarfi, PDP governors may clash over reopening of party office

Even though reconcilatory moves are reportedly being made by the warring factions of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the Ali Modu Sheriff led faction of the party might clash with the Ahmed Makarfi-led side, which includes the governors in the party.

The two factions are set to clash following a possible reopening of the otherwise locked party secretariat in Abuja by the new Acting Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris.

The party secretariat had been locked out by the police following a violent clash between the supporters of the two factions of the party over who would gain entrance into the building.

However, after the judgement of a Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, which validated Makarfi as the national leader of the party, the Markafi-led faction of the party has initiated plans to effect the reopening of the party complex.

PDP governors are reportedly in talks with the Chief of Police over the reopening of the party office for Makarfi and his group to gain entrance.

The spokesperson for the national caretaker committee, Dayo Adeyeye, confirmed that a meeting of this sort would hold with the Police chief but a date hadn’t been fixed yet.

He said the date of the meeting was currently in discussion among the governors and other stakeholders.

Adeyeye, a former minister of state for works said, “We are still discussing with our governors and our leaders concerning the meeting with the acting police boss.

“We will actually meet with the IGP this week, but I don’t know the exact date yet. We will resolve this crisis in order to allow the party to move on.”

Sheriff’s group however, kicked against any plan to reopen the party complex for the Makarfi-group, even though reconciliatory moves are still being made.

The group also rejected the judgement of Justice Abdullahi Liman that recognised Makarfi as the national leader of the party.

Speaking through the Deputy National Chairman of his faction, Cairo Ojughoh, Sheriff insisted that the judgment of Liman would not stand.

He said, “It is true the two groups are discussing, looking for ways of finding political solutions to the crisis.

“However, that political solution does not include the permission for the Makarfi group to open the national secretariat. We are not part of such an arrangement and we won’t support it.

“This is because the court says that only the Sheriff group should be allowed to send names of candidates for elections in both Edo and Ondo states to the Independent National Electoral Commission. That is a confirmation of authority.

“The Port Harcourt judgment they are brandishing can’t stand. It is a flawed judgement and in any case, we have appealed against it.”

He further said that a breakdown of law and order could happen if the Makarfi group is allowed to “illegally reopen the national secretariat when all issues have yet to be resolved.”

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