Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha and Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, have shown interests in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the leadership crisis rocking it.
Speaking at a press conference in Abuja on Monday, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, the spokesman of the Ahmed Makarfi faction of the party, accused Amaechi of plans to use his resources to lure PDP employees to the faction led by Ali Modu Sheriff.
This is as Sheriff last week reportedly broke into the locked PDP Secratariat at Wadata Plaza, following the judgement of an Appeal Court in Port Harcourt, which declared him authentic National Chairman of the party.
Prince Adeyeye said that since Sheriff might have no secretariat staff members to work with, All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftains like Okorocha and Amaechi were helping him.
He said: Also, we have it on good authority that the Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi has deployed his former Abuja Liaison Officer who was a former Intermediate Officer of the Party, Mr. John Enebeli among others to lure some members of staff in support of Senator Sheriff by promising them huge sums of money to offset their outstanding allowances. Senator Sheriff is equally luring some employees on the same jumbo promise. Let him recall that he made the same promise when he first assumed office only to dash the hope of the hapless employees”
Reiterating the allegation that “the APC has its hand deep in the PDP crises”, Adeyeye said: “There is no doubt that Sheriff’s activities against the PDP are being aided and abated by the APC. For the record, just last week, the Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha gave unsolicited advice that we should support Senator Sheriff. That is one instance of their meddlesomeness in the PDP affairs. No doubt that Okorocha and Co. are happy that their man won at the Appeal Court but very much afraid that he could lose at the Supreme Court”.
The statement added: “THE RECENT JUDGEMENT. We wish to remind the public that the recent Court of Appeal Judgment was based on the Appeal filled by Senator Sheriff and Co. against the Judgment of Justice Liman J of the FHC in Port Harcourt that upheld the legality and constitutionality of the May 21st 2016 National Convention that took place in Port Harcourt, Rivers State and the Decisions arising therefrom. Because Senator Sheriff claimed that he has appealed against that Judgment, the law enforcement agencies denied the National Caretaker Committee and the employees assess into the National Secretariat. Now that the Party led by the National caretaker Committee has filled appeal against the recent Judgment, the status quo ante remains until the determination of the Appeal to the Supreme Court.
“In the light of the above, we are calling on the Police and the general public and lovers of peace and democracy to ask Senator Sheriff and Co. to respect the on-going litigation processes. The Police should ensure that Sheriff and Co. do not occupy the National Secretariat in order to avoid breakdown of law and order. We have noticed that the Police have taken sides in this matter perhaps because of directives of the APC but “a stitch in time saves nine”!
“FORCEFUL TAKEOVER OF THE NATIONAL SECRETARIAT. It is common knowledge that Senator Sheriff and Co. forcefully broke into the National Secretariat of the Party around 6:00 PM on Friday 24 February, 2017. The Keys of the National Secretariat are with the Board of Trustees (BoT) who are the Custodian of the Assets of the Party. See Article 32(5)(e) of the PDP Constitution (As Amended in 2012). We know that the Keys of the Secretariat are still with the BoT but Sheriff entered by breaking the doors in an action totally unbecoming of a person who has been Governor of a State, Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and also claiming to be a National Chairman of a major Political Party. We therefore demand that Senator Sheriff and Co. vacates the National Secretariat immediately.
“PURPORTED SOLIDARITY/COURTESY VISITS FROM STATE EXCOS. We wish to inform the general public that Senator Sheriff and Co. have perfected plans to receive non-serving state executive committees at the National Secretariat in order to mislead unsuspecting public that he has been accepted by the Party’s organs. In the days ahead, the public will be treated to a show of re-arranged solidarity visits by illegal or non-existent state excos.
“The entire organs of the Party, the Founding Fathers and elders of the Party and the employees of the Party remain totally in support of the National Caretaker Committee (NCC). We implore our members and teaming supporters nationwide, the general public and in particular, lovers of democracy to remain calm and steadfast pending the determination of the Appeal before the Supreme Court. In a democracy, the most important factor is the people; and with the people solidly behind us, we are sure of victory in the end. Our course is just and noble! Our victory is certain by the Grace of the Almighty God.
“God bless the Peoples Democratic Party!! Long live the Federal Republic of Nigeria!!!”