The chairmen of state chapters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Monday declared their support for the Ahmed Makarfi Caretaker Committee.
The declaration of support for the Makarfi-led caretaker committee will come as a huge blow to the Ali Modu Sheriff-led faction, which has continued to parade itself as the authentic leadership of the main opposition party.
The chairmen, who paid a solidarity visit to Makarfi in Abuja, said they would continue to respect the decision of the May 21 national convention of the party that dissolved the Sheriff National Working Committee.
Leader of the delegation, Alhaji Yahaya Mohammed, said as delegates to the convention, they were bound by its outcome irrespective of whose Ox is gored, adding that doing otherwise would amount to undermining the national leadership of the party.
Mohammed, who is the chairman of the Federal Capital Territory chapter of the PDP, therefore, called on the Sheriff faction to respect the decision of the convention in the overall interest of the party.
He maintained that the Port Harcourt convention was a product of the party’s constitution.
In his response, Makarfi said the crisis in the party was evidence that the PDP is worth struggling for and that the committee’s mandate was to bring everybody on board.
The caretaker committee chairman, however, warned that dragging the crisis for too long could be injurious to the health of the party just as he pointed out that the committee’s mandate did not include dissolution of the existing state executives.