Sunday, 11 December 2016

PDP needs surgery to be freed from selfish, lawless individuals – Sheriff’s faction

The Senator Ali Modu Sheriff-led faction of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has harped on the need to reposition the party through a major political ‘surgery’ in order to free PDP from the grip of some
selfish, lawless, and undisciplined individuals.

The party stated this in a statement signed on Sunday by the factional PDP Acting National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Bernard Mikko, in Abuja.

Noting that the PDP was undergoing stress and political hemorrhage arising from structural impunity, indiscipline and lack of respect for rule of law, Mikko said that such action had compromised the party’s unity and strength.

He added that it has also led to the loss of focus on the key values that engendered public trust and electoral victory for PDP over a decade.

“To reverse these trends, a major political surgery has to be undertaken to get the party out of the grip of some selfish, lawless, and undisciplined individuals.

“The individuals who have used our platform to public reckoning, but now want to make the party an exclusive property of theirs.

“The PDP as you know is the only formidable political institution that has remained so without change of name, slogan or nomenclature.

“The weakness and schisms within the hierarchy of our party today is as a result of violent disregard of our constitution, ethics and rules of engagements of divergent opinions within and outside the party,’’ he said.

Chairman of the PDP National Caretaker Committee, Ahmed Makarfi, had accused the Sheriff faction of the party of plotting to turn Nigeria into a one-party state under the All Progressives Congress, APC.

The faction accused Sherrif of deliberately raising insinuations that could affect the judgment pending before the Appeal Court in Port Harcourt and also discrediting the judiciary.

But Mikko maintained that politics is about building consensus and legitimacy to promote unity through equity, fairness and justice.

“The case before the court of Appeal, Port Harcourt division is essentially to determine the legality or otherwise of the Sen. Ahmed Makarfi led national caretaker committee which has no place in the PDP’s constitution,’’ he said.

The Sheriff faction expressed optimism that the Appeal Court would cure the misgivings and error of judgment for which “Makarfi-led caretaker contraption is claiming legality


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