The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Caucus in the House of Representatives on Wednesday demanded that the party’s National Chairman, Ali Modu Sheriff should honourably quit the position.
The remark was in reaction to the ruling of the Appeal Court in Port Harcourt, Rivers State which affirmed Sheriff as the authentic Chairman of the former ruling party.
In a statement issued by the Minority Leader of the House, Leo Ogor, the Caucus said it only recognises Ahmed Makarfi as the Chairman of the party.
The caucus also described the ruling which also nullified the Makarfi-led Caretaker Committee as “discomforting.”
Insisting that Sheriff cannot be trusted, the Caucus said, “Ali Modu Sheriff should please take his hands off our party” as “we unequivocally endorsed the leadership of senator Ahmed Makarfi.”
The statement reads further,“It is the opinion of many that the honourable thing would be for Ali Modu Sheriff and his cohorts to pack up and go.
“The PDP caucus of the house of representatives wishes to state categorically that it finds the court of appeal verdict that nullified the decision of the national convention of the PDP on May 21, 2016 and reinstated the Modu Sheriff leadership very discomforting.
“The caucus supports the decision of the Ahmed Makarfi caretaker committee to seek redress at the Supreme Court. The caucus appeals to all leaders and members of the Peoples Democratic Party to please remain calm and focused, standing firmly on the position that there is no way the party will accept the Ali Modu Sheriff contraption which is yet to demonstrate any genuine iota of love for the party.
“Their activities in Edo and Ondo states are very fresh in peoples’ minds and as such, no honest and sincere member of our party can trust them – with such fundamental flaws of character and gross disdain for peace, order and brotherly relations.
“In this vein, the PDP caucus of the house of representatives has resolved that we shall not, under any condition, consider or approve any agenda aimed at foisting Alhaji Ali Modu Sheriff or any of his scanty co-travellers on the PDP.
“The only leadership known to the PDP Caucus of the House of Representatives is, and shall remain the one led by his excellency, senator Ahmed Makarfi.”