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You risk being jailed for parading yourself as Chairman, PDP tells Sheriff

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…It is Makarfi, others that are playing with jail term- Sheriff

Ahmed Makarfi-led Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday warned Sen. Ali Modu Sheriff that he risked being jailed for parading himself as National Chairman of the party.


Sheriff in a reaction said that the National Caretaker Committee led by Makarfi is actually the one playing with jail term.

PDP, in a statement by its spokesman, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, explained that the time for their expulsion has not come yet, but warned Sheriff not to call himself the Chairman of the party, describing him and his faction as discredited.

The party said that Sheriff group is trying to sustain it’s illegal claim to the
leadership of the party.

It said that the
National Caretaker Committee has been confirmed severally
by the Court as the authentic body saddled with the task of providing
leadership for the Party pending the hosting of an elective National
Convention, adding that it would have ignored “the ranting of these men of dishonour but
leaving them to continue deceiving Nigerians at this time would not be
in the interest of democracy.

“First and foremost, we wish to state categorically that in consonance
with Judgment of various Courts, which Ali Modu-Sheriff and his team of
confused travelers have not bothered to appeal, the former Borno State
Governor is not the Chairman of our Party, the PDP.

“His consistent claim to the Office is a continuation of their plans to sustain mayhem in our Party, but nature and fair justice have taken
care of his desperation.

“We wish to draw the attention of all Nigerians to the Judgment
delivered by Justice Valentine Ashi of FCT High Court in Apo, Abuja on June 29, 2016, which states clearly that Senator Ali Modu-Sheriff was
never and is not the PDP National Chairman; and equally, this Judgment was upheld by the Ruling of Justice Nwamaka Ogbonnaya also of the FCT High Court in Kubwa, Abuja on August 17, 2016.

“It is instructive to note that Senator Modu-Sheriff and his team of circus performers have not deemed it fit to appeal the Court Judgments. It is tripartite in law that a Judgment not appeal is binding on the defendant.

“The Courts have spoken, and their pronouncements are binding. However, those who wish to spend the rest of their lives behind prison bars may continue to utter heresy against the Court. We hope their
children would be proud to bear the family names of convicts.”

The party, however said that what Sheriff and his group is doing is worse than impunity, lawlessness, greed and avarice, adding that If they have any shame, they are the
ones that should quietly disband. “But honours can’t be expected from
impostors.

“The National Caretaker Committee has not called for their expulsion
against the claims they are making, the time for that has not come. But
the rain of vengeance will not hang forever in the clouds.”

In his reaction, Sheriff Deputy, Cairo Ojougboh said, “It is the caretaker committee that is actually playing with jail term because there is a form 48 and 49 already issued against them from the Federal High Court that is waiting for them. The effort to serve and arrest them was aborted because they evaded the law.”

Lambasting the spokesman of the party, Adeyeye, Sheriff said, “Adeyeye is shining the shoes of Gov. Fayose so he will be awarded the Ekiti State gubernatorial ticket. Let him kiss Fayose’s backside till thy kingdom come Fayose will not play ball. The party will do what needs to be done about Adeyeye according to our party’s constitution at the appropriate time.”

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Mass defection as 3,250 APC, PDP members join APGA in Nasarawa

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About 3,250 members of All Progressives Congress (APC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Obi Local Government Area (LGA) of Nasarawa state have defected to All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).

The defectors were received by the governorship candidate of the party, Labaran Maku at Obi LGA on Thursday, during his campaign visit, Tribune reports.

Speaking at the event, leaders of the defectors, Ubul Ukor and Elias Manasseh blamed “the failure of their former parties to address the security challenges in the state as the reason for their defection.”

“Apart from the insecurity problem, the present government of APC has not constructed roads and other social amenities in rural communities where we belong.

“Throughout our trying moments of insecurity and other problems confronting the state, Maku is the only person bold enough to speak in the defence of the masses.

“All other politicians and stakeholders of the state had abandoned us and only resurface now because they need our votes to win the election.

“We would stand with Maku no matter the blackmail or lies they spread against him because we know he is the only candidate that would ensure we go back to our farms and transform the state,” they said.

In his reaction, Maku expressed gratitude to the defectors for believing in him and his party.

He promised that if elected as the next governor of the state, he would restore security, develop the state, promote unity and generate employment.

“Under my leadership, any person or group instigating crisis and disunity would have the government to contain with irrespective of his or their status,” he added.

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Ezekwesili speaks on exclusion of Sowore, Duke, others from presidential debate

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Presidential candidate of Allied Congress Party of Nigeria, ACPN, Oby Ezekwesili, has said she would like to meet five more influential presidential candidates on the platform of the national debate organised by the Nigerian Election Debate Group, NEDG.

The five candidates include: Donald Duke of the Social Democratic Party, SDP; Omoyele Sowore of the African Action Congress, AAC; Byron Fagbemj of KOWA Party; and, John Gbor of the All Progressives Grand Alliance APGA.

Ezekwesili made this known on Thursday in a statement shared via her verified Twitter handle.

She said: “As a country with huge contingent of Parties fielding candidates for election, it does make sense to at least allow more than 5 such parties, at least 25 percent of those candidates, to participate in the most influential of Presidential Debates.

“I especially want to see a candidate like Omoyele Sowore whose AAC has been diligent in crisscrossing Universities to awaken our young to engage in our Politics.

“I also believe that candidates of APGA, KOWA Party & SDP should be part of an additional list of 5 candidates for the Presidential Debate of BON/NEDG, considering their assiduous efforts to galvanize a base of citizens to get involved in these crucial polls.

“I hope earnestly that this will be considered by the organizers.”

Recall that the NEDG and the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON) had named only five political parties to participate in 2019 vice presidential and presidential debates.

According to a statement signed by the Executive Secretary of the NEDG, Eddi Emesiri, the parties are Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), Alliance for New Nigeria (ANN), All Progressives Congress (APC), Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Young Progressives Party (YPP).

This meant that the presidential aspirants expected at the debate are President Muhammadu Buhari, Atiku Abubakar, Oby Ezekwesili, Fela Durotoye and Kingsley Moghalu.

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