Factional national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, has advised the caretaker chairman of the party, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, to open up on the current state of affairs in the party.
Speaking when Madam Esther Opera, the Edo State deputy governorship aspirant of his faction visited him, Sheriff said he was expecting the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to publish the names of Edo gubernatorial candidates, including his candidate, Mr Mathew Iduoriyekemwen.
INEC had declared that it recognised Makarfi’s candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu as PDP candidate for the Edo State governorship election. Sheriff said: “What the court says is that the only person that can submit PDP gubernatorial candidate to INEC for Edo and Ondo states is Sheriff.
“So, I don’t know why they are deceiving Nigerians. Instead of following the rule of law, they are there wasting their time. They are only just trying to destroy our party by wasting people’s time, making pronouncement and plans that will not even get out of their backyards.
“If pastor Ize-Iyamu likes, let him campaign from now to a thousand years to come, the governorship candidate for Edo State is Matthew.
“There is no basis for his candidacy. He cannot come from a non-existing caretaker committee and rush to say he has become a candidate of PDP.”
In his reaction, Makarfi in a text message said, “are all governors, National Assembly members, BoT members and 29 out of the 30 state chapters where congresses were concluded, whom we represent, deceiving Nigerians and Sheriff not doing so?”