Edo PDP to Sheriff: Stay off Affairs of Edo PDP

The Edo State Publicity Secretary of Peoples Democratic Party, Chris Nekhire, has described the suspension of the Edo State Executive of party by the Ali Modu Sheriff-led faction as a huge joke, asking Sherifg to stay clear of affairs of the party in the state.
In a telephone interview with The Street Journal, Saturday, Nekhire said Sheriff was like “a bull in China’s shop”, who is down already but looking for who to pull along him.
The Sheriff-led faction had suspended the Edo State Executive Committee of the party, Saturday, saying the suspension is in line with the provisions of section 31 (2) (e) of the PDP constitution.
The faction said in a statement, signed by Sheriff and the National Secretary of his faction, Adewale Oladipo, that the suspension was part of the decision taken at its NWC meeting on June 21.
According to Sheriff: “The National Working Committee (NWC) decided to suspend the Committee instead of outright dissolution to enable it investigate the allegations and come out with a fair and just decision,” the statement said.
The faction said the NWC has also appointed a caretaker committee to manage the affairs of Edo State PDP for the constitutional stipulated period of three months.
The committee, it said, has Ebenezer Alabi as chairman and Zealiwe Edmund as secretary. Other members are Ehimekpen Okharedia, Melody Osagie, Blessing Agbabaku, Negerese Berry, Daniel Asekhame and Dan Omozokpia.
Reacting to suspension order, Nekhire said Sheriff and his followers are better ignored as the faction has no such power to dissolve a properly constituted state executive.
“How is it possible for an illegal faction to carry out the purported dissolution. Where did he get the power to dissolve a properly constituted state exco? He is better ignored than taken serious. As I speak now, we are making preparations for the coming governorship election. He came into the party three months ago and his tenure has since gone. After all he met the exco on ground”, he said.
Earlier, state Chairman of PDP, Dan Orbih, had told Sheriff to stay off the affairs of the party in the state, saying Sheriff’s actions so far have shown that he was not a true member of the PDP.
“By his pronouncements and his actions, he has shown the whole world that he is not a true member of PDP. He is on a mission designed by the party in government that is being executed by him,” he said.
He also said Sheriff was never elected as the chairman of the PDP, rather, he was appointed by the National Executive Committee. He said Sheriff should stop arrogating powers that he doesn’t possess to himself.
“Hundred Sheriffs cannot dissolve the Edo exco as he is no longer the acting chairman of the party.
“The only body that is constitutionally empowered by the party to carry out the functions of the national executives of the party today is that of the Makarfi-led national executive which by law is the national executive that is in place,” he said.
Orbih stated further: “So, the convention with its overwhelming power, dissolved the executive national organ of the party and appointed a caretaker committee that will oversee the affairs of the party pending when we hold the next national convention to elect the officials.
“So, Sheriff is merely exercising his foul mouth to make illegal pronouncements that can never be obeyed by any person in our party.
“I advise him to steer clear from Edo PDP and face his political integration in Borno where since he left office as governor has been a hotbed of political crisis,” he said.

Author: News Editor

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