We never advised our members to leave PDP – Ahmed Makarfi

by on May 18, 2017
The Ahmed Makarfi-led Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yester­day denied telling mem­bers of the party to seek alternative platforms to achieve their political goals.
This is even as the Chair­man of PDP, Ali Modu Sheriff described the call as the highest level of hypoc­risy and anti-party activity.
Makarfi, in a statement, said that the headline as published by a national daily was different from the body of the story, adding, “It should be noted that we at the National level have never asked anyone to de­fect to another Party.”
In a statement by the spokesman of the Makarfi-led PDP, Prince Dayo Ad­eyeye, the party said that the story published by the newspaper was a deliber­ate attempt to misrepresent their position and cause confusion among the rank and file of the party mem­bers.
“As any discerning read­er of the newspaper would note, the headline is com­pletely different from the body and content of the story.
“There was no such di­rective from the National Caretaker Committee. Our statement was very clear and unambiguous which was to the effect that we are in court and have absolute faith and confidence in the judiciary to dispense justice without fear or favour.
“Also, that we are aware that PDP is been disen­franchised in some elec­tions and that different States have adopted differ­ent approaches to the issue without prejudice to the substantive matter before the court.
“We state categorically that the National Caretaker Committee has never asked anyone to defect to another Party. PDP is our party. Our members are enjoined to continue to demonstrate total commitment and loy­alty to the party,” he said.
Ali Modu Sheriff, in his reaction through a state­ment by his spokesman, Bernard Mikko, advised members of the party to ignore the call.
“We call on all loyal members to ignore this call and see them for what they are; destroyers of our much-cherished party. We equally call on all mem­bers who are desirous of contesting elections to use our party; the PDP and be rest assured of level playing field guaranteed by inter­nal party democracy.
“It is now clear that having failed to convince members to follow them to their proposed new party, Makarfi and his co-travel­lers have resorted to using everything available to de­stroy our party. This new antic will also fail and we assure all our aspirants that the end to impunity and imposition of candidates is insight,” he said.

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