The Peoples Democratic Party National Caretaker Committee led by former Kaduna State Governor, Ahmed Makarfi, has accused the ruling party, the All Progressives Congress of being behind the invasion of its Secretariat by the Ali Modu Sheriff led faction of the party, Monday.
The caretaker committee said the APC was sponsoring Sheriff to scuttle PDP’s chances in the forthcoming governorship elections in Edo and Ondo states.
In a press conference in Abuja on Tuesday, the spokesperson for the Makarfi committee, Dayo Adeyeye said Sheriff was working for the APC to throw PDP into confusion.
“The All progressive Congress, APC, has contracted Sheriff and his cohorts to scuttle the chances of the PDP in the Edo governorship elections.
“We have credible intelligence that Sheriff had a meeting on Sunday night with an APC governor from the South West, where it was agreed that he would be given full security and financial support to exacerbate the crisis in the PDP with the objective of preventing our party from presenting a candidate for the Edo governorship elections,” he said.
The caretaker committee also accused the Nigerian Police of working with Sheriff and acting on “orders from above”.
Adeyeye said when they heard of the plan to invade the PDP Secretariat, they alerted the Police to secure the building and to protect the lives and properties of members, adding, “up to a point, the Police discharged their responsibilities satisfactorily.
“However, later on without any justification whatsoever, Ali Modu Sheriff and the other renegades were allowed to gain entry into the Secretariat, where they later proceeded to address a press conference.
“While we are still trying to understand the role of the Police in the entire saga, it is curious that the Police made no arrest of the thugs who openly brandished various dangerous weapons in and around the premises of the secretariat in full glare of the Police.
“It is also curious that the Police claimed to be acting on ‘Orders from above’ in allowing Sheriff and his cohorts to gain entry into the Secretariat. If we may ask, who is the authority that issued the ‘Orders from above’?
“What we are however very certain about is that Sheriff and his fellow renegades are being used by the enemies of the PDP to destroy the party and to prevent it from reorganizing itself, so as to provide a credible opposition and alternative platform for the forthcoming Edo State Gubernatorial election and 2019 elections,” he said.
Meanwhile, Sheriff, who resumed duty at the National Secretariat on Tuesday, has announced plans for the forthcoming Edo state governorship election on September 10.
He has appointed a committee to oversee the state congress, from which will emerge the flag bearer of party in the state.
However, in a swift reaction of being behind the crisis in PDP, the APC urged PDP to look outside APC for the problems rocking the party, adding that PDP was suffering from its past sins.
The National Secretariat of the APC said the accusation was baseless and laughable.
“For the umpteenth time, the APC wishes to state that instead of joining issues with the baseless and laughable allegations, the APC would rather join issues that will bring about all-inclusive development in the country,” a statement by APC national secretary, Mala Buni, said.
“However, it should be put on record that the PDP forced on them whatever crisis it is troubled with today due to its politics of imposition and other undemocratic practices which the APC abhors. The PDP should put its house in order rather than playing to the gallery and blaming others but themselves for their sins which has come to hunt them. Also, it is evident that the PDP has chosen to employ diversionary tactics because of its inability to produce credible candidates for the forthcoming elections in Edo and Ondo states”, he said.