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.