The Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led caretaker committee of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has called on the security agencies to keep a close watch on the sacked national chairman of the party, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff.
The caretaker committee said the recent actions and antecedents of Mr. Sheriff were capable of precipitating crises in any part of the country, hence, should be called to order.
The caretaker committee was reacting to the purported suspension of the Edo State Executive Committee of the PDP by the dissolved National Working Committee of the party led by Sheriff.
It asked the Edo state chapter of the party to ignore the suspension order as former Borno State governor and members of his NWC were sacked during the national convention of the party last month.
A statement by spokesman for the committee, Prince Dayo Adeyeye said: “Procedures for taking such far reaching decisions are prescribed in the constitution of the party, so it’s the organ so empowered to take it.
“It is no longer news that the Ali Modu Sheriff led National Working Committee and indeed all national officers were removed by the party’s convention, which is the highest decision making organ of the party”.
Continuing, he said: “This purported suspension is clearly part of the desperation of Senator Sheriff and his paymasters to orchestrate confusion that would lead to the failure of the party in the forthcoming gubernatorial election in Edo State; an election that the party is otherwise very well placed to win.
“The Caretaker Committee recognises and would continue to relate with the leadership of the party in Edo State that was validly elected at the recent congresses, even as it calls on the members and teeming supporters of the party in the state to remain steadfast and vigilant in the face of the mischief being perpetrated by Sheriff in order to destroy the party.
“The Caretaker Committee also appeals to the Nigeria Police, the Department of State Services and indeed all security agencies to call Sheriff to order as well as keep more than an eye on him so that he doesn’t precipitate crisis in any part of the country for which he is well known, since we, as Nigerians already have enough on our hands to contend with”.