The Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) National Chairman, Ali Modu Sheriff and the party’s Caretaker Committee Chairman, Ahmed Makarfi, on Monday threw caution to the wind as they engaged each other in verbal war.
While Sheriff accused Makarfi of frustrating the ongoing reconciliation efforts because of the N50 million he gets from the PDP governors and his presidential ambition, Makarfi alleged that Sheriff and his group received Jeeps and monetary inducements from agents of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Addressing newsmen in Abuja, PDP Deputy National Chairman, Cairo Ojougboh, who spoke for Sheriff said, “The reason the Caretaker Committee is protesting is that they have seen that the table is now crumbling fast under their feet. All the organs of the party are cueing into the reconciliation and when the reconciliation pulls through, they are out and Senator Makarfi can only come as member of the Board of Trustees (BoT) and so the N50 million monthly subvention from governors will stop.
“They get subvention from the governors every month and when reconciliation happens, that subvention will stop.
“Second, Makarfi wants a situation where he will tailor-make the convention to suit his interest because he has come out to say that he will be contesting the presidency of the country. We are very mindful that we are not going to tie our party around any individual.
“That is why the National Chairman, Sheriff said he will throw everything open. That is why we are studying the position of the reconciliation committee and that is good enough to advance our party. As soon the ongoing reconciliation pulls through, they will no longer exit.”
While he explained that Ojougboh’s position as the Deputy National Chairman is constitutional, Sheriff explained that Jerry Gana Committee on Strategy Review and Interparty Affairs was illegal and should not go round the country on behalf of the party.
Reacting while addressing newsmen in Abuja, the Spokesman of the Caretaker Committee, Prince Dayo Adeyeye said, “Yes, we do receive contribution from the governors and other elected lawmakers but I must tell you that we have not been getting enough for the operation of the services. We definitely have not received that kind amount as claimed by Ojougboh.