Makarfi grants amnesty to Ali Modu Sheriff

I’d have resigned if Sheriff had won at supreme court says PDP BoT chairman

Sacked factional national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, has denied congratulating the Senator Ahmed Makarfi over the recognition of his camp by the Supreme Court as the authentic leadership of the party.

In a related development, the immediate past national organizing secretary, under Sheriff's terminated leadership, Okey Nnadozie, has pledged loyalty to Makarfi's leadership, describing the Supreme Court judgment as victory for the party.

It said while it would overlook the sins committed by those set of people, it nevertheless warned that anyone who participates in fresh plot against the former ruling party would not be forgiven.

"Senator Ali Modu Sheriff was validly elected and was forced to vacate the National Secretariat after a joint meeting of the contending camps with the Inspector General of Police in the wake of thuggery attack in the heat of conflicting court pronouncements".

The National Publicity Secretary of PDP National Caretaker Committee, Mr Dayo Adeyeye, had earlier said that the party would grant amnesty to Sheriff and his loyalists.

But in a statement by the erstwhile spokesman of the faction, Bernard Mikko, Sheriff said ‎it is mischievous for anyone to say that he congratulated Makarfi on twitter.

The only PDP lawmaker in the state's Assembly pointed out that his party will not gamble with the opportunity of reclaiming its mandate during the next elections.

"No, we won't punish anyone for what had happened in the past".

Adedoja who sued for peace then "appealed to members to begin house to house mobilisation of all PDP members and supporters of other political parties into the PDP's fold". "You can see that everybody is happy because of the outcome of the case".

Sheriff had been installed as the party's National Working Committee (NWC) chairman in an acting capacity until he was removed during the party's 2016 National Convention.

Adeyeye, a former Minister of State for Works, said the PDP would provide a credible alternative to the ruling All Progressives Congress ahead of the 2019 general elections.

"Our common enemy is the APC; we should all join hands to chase out the APC in 2019", he said.

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