PDP Sacks Ali Modu Sheriff Replaces Him With Ahmed Makarfi

PDP Sacks Ali Modu Sheriff Replaces Him With Ahmed Makarfi

The Peoples Democratic Party PDP has fired its national chairman, Modu Sheriff, and has appointed an interim party executive led by a former governor of Kaduna State, Ahmed Makarfi."pdp-sacks-ali-modu-sheriff-replaces-him-with-ahmed-makarfi"

Elects Makarfi as National Chairman, Force Ali Modu Sheriff Out Angrily: The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP, Ali Modu Sheriff, angrily stormed out of the venue of the party’s meeting on Saturday after he was dethroned. A former Governor of Kaduna, Sen Ahmed Makarfi was named as the party’s caretaker National Chairman while Senator Ben Obi was named as the National Secretary of the party

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Sheriff said the Convention, which he had earlier announced postponed, stood cancelled
The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, has opposed the National Convention of the party that was held on Saturday in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
Sheriffsaid the Convention, which he had earlier announced postponed, stood cancelled.
He said what transpired at the Sharks Stadium in Port Harcourt after he pronounced the Convention cancelled was a charade."pdp-sacks-ali-modu-sheriff-replaces-him-with-ahmed-makarfi"
He also described it as illegal.
Sheriffhad on Saturday pronounced the Convention postponed, alluding to the court judgements directing that it should not hold.
He said the delegates should return home.
But after the pronouncement, the Deputy National Chairmanof the PDP, Uche Secondus, declared the Congress open.
At the Congress, it was agreed that a former Governor of Kaduna State, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, should head an interim committee to lead the party.
Makarfi is to be assisted by six other members.
The team was given 90 days within which to conduct an acceptable National Convention.

It was a game of intrigues in Port Harcourt on Saturday as the acting National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator AliModu Sheriff, was edged out in the national convention of the party held in Port Harcourt.

The decision to dissolve the national working committee (NWC) of the party was one of the first decisions of the Port Harcourt convention which took place after Sheriff had said the convention had been put off following a series of court orders that tried to stop the convention.

Sheriff had earlier in the day called off the convention at a press briefing he held at the Le Meridien Hotel, Port Harcourt, citing court orders restraining the party from proceeding with the convention as reason.

He addressed the press after a meeting that lasted several hours at the Government House, Port Harcourt. At the meeting were the 12 PDP governors, members of the national assembly, members of the national working committee and elders of the party.

THISDAY reliably gathered that the stakeholders had asked Sheriff to step down as acting national chairman of the party but he refused, insisting that he had till 2018 to preside over the affairs of the party.

The meeting was therefore deadlocked about 2.30pm, leading to his press briefing.

At the press briefing, Sheriff said, If we proceed with the convention, we will be charged for contempt of court. As a responsible party, we have to respect the court orders. We will reconvene as soon as we are able to dispense with the court cases.

Weve been meeting since morning. We had challenges of series of court cases, weve decided to abandon election into Chairman, Secretary and auditor.

We have suspended the convention; we had three different cases in Abuja and Lagos. INEC also said they will not supervise the election. We will be contravening the court and we will be charged for contempt of court. We went to court, but we were denied permission.

He said he would reconvene the convention as soon as the court orders were vacated.

We will do it as soon as we get them (the court orders) vacated. Weve told all delegates to go home. There is no space for election, he said.

But while Sheriff left Port Harcourt after his briefing, the 12 PDP governors as well as members of the National Assembly and other stakeholders headed straight to the Sharks Stadium venue of the convention and kicked off the programme, with Rivers State Governor and Chairman of the National Convention Committee, Nyesom Wike, in charge."pdp-sacks-ali-modu-sheriff-replaces-him-with-ahmed-makarfi"

Through a motion moved by former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Chief Austin Opara, and seconded by another former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Emeka Ihedioha, the convention dissolved the national working committee of the party, effectively sacking Sheriff from leadership of the party.

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PDP NOW HAS THREE(3) CHAIRMEN!

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP now has three acting party chairmen this follows the parallel conventions which held in Port Harcourt and Abuja.

The three chairmen are :

SEN. ALI MODU SHERIFF – He had been chairman prior to today’s convention and tried hijacking the party by postponing the Port Harcourt convention.

SEN. IBRAHIM MANTU– Appointed by the Jerry Gana faction which held its convention in Abuja.

SEN. AHMED MAKARFI – Elected by the faction that hosted the Port Harcourt convention.

Is PDP really serious about assuming her role as the largest OPPOSITION PARTY in Africa kuwa?
We really need a strong opposition to keep APC on its toes fa! If they can’t, we would ask APGA to step forward because this democracy can not run smoothly without a strong opposition.

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THE UNTOLD: How Fayose Betrayed DISGRACED Sheriff, Moved Motion For His Ouster At PDP Botched Convention

Happenings at the Port Harcourt version of the troubled Peoples Democratic Party, PDP have been unfolding.

The convention which was cancelled but report says a caretaker committee was set up. The new committee Chairman which was picked to take over the party leadership from Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, the ousted Interim National Chairman. is former governor of Kaduna State, Ahmed Makarfi.

A parallel convention led by Prof. Jerry Gana is also holding at Abuja, News Punch understands

Source reliably hinted that the motion to sack the former Borno Governor, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff as national Chairman was moved by his close ally and Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose.

Before the Port Harcourt Convention, Fayose was a strong supporter of Ali Modu Sheriff. Infact, reports were rife that the duo were planning for a joint Presidential ticket come 2019."pdp-sacks-ali-modu-sheriff-replaces-him-with-ahmed-makarfi"

According to source, the PDP leadership which comprised of PDP governors and other eminent members of PDP agreed to name an interim committee to replace the National Working Committee, pending the election of new NWC members.

The high-powered meeting that was convened at the office of Governor Nyesom Wike in Port Harcourt said members resolved to make Mr. Markafi the chairman of the caretaker committee while Mr. Obi would function as secretary of the party.

The Source told our reporter that, it was Gov. Fayose that moved for the dethronement of Sheriff.

Governor Fayose said Sheriff should leave for a new caretaker chairman to take over, but Governor Wike said Sheriff should not be disgraced out of office just like that that they should let him be chairman of the caretaker. The governors rejected Mr. Wikes suggestion, the source said.

The source said there will be representatives of the six geopolitical zones in the caretaker committee, too.

Sheriff was not happy with the development. In fact, he had to storm out of the venue of the meeting, angrily, the source said.

He said the meeting was attended by most of the partys serving and former governors, senators and honourable members as well as some members of the board of trustees.e crises the party is facing

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The Peoples Democratic Party has fired its national chairman, Modu Sheriff, and has appointed an interim party executive led by a former governor of Kaduna State, Ahmed Makarfi.
A former Anambra governor, Peter Obi, was also appointed interim secretary of the party.
The caretaker committee will pilot the affairs of the party for three months, our sources said.
The PDP took the decision on Saturday as part of efforts to resolve the crises the party is facing, party officials told PREMIUM TIMES.
Meanwhile, the partys scheduled national convention in Port Harcourt was cancelled, as a faction of the party conducted a parallel convention in Abuja same day.
The convention is not holding. Our leaders have been meeting since early in the morning and they finally resolved that the convention should be shelved until the court order issued is vacated, a delegate to the convention told PREMIUM TIMES.
He also said some of the leaders of the party expressed the view that efforts should be made to resolve all differences with the Jerry Gana group before a fresh national convention is held.
Our source added that the leadership which comprised of PDP governors and other eminent members of PDP agreed to name an interim committee to replace the National Working Committee, pending the election of new NWC members.
Another source present at the high-powered meeting that was convened at the office of Governor Nyesom Wike in Port Harcourt said members resolved to make Mr. Markafi the chairman of the caretaker committee while Mr. Obi would function as secretary of the party.
Governor Fayose said Sheriff should leave for a new caretaker chairman to take over, but Governor Wike said Sheriff should not be disgraced out of office just like that that they should let him be chairman of the caretaker. The governors rejected Mr. Wikes suggestion, the source said.
The source said there will be representatives of the six geopolitical zones in the caretaker committee, too.
Sheriff was not happy with the development. In fact, he had to storm out of the venue of the meeting, angrily, the source said.
He said the meeting was attended by most of the partys serving and former governors, senators and honourable members as well as some members of the board of trustees.

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