The factional National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, has accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain, Alhaji Abubakar Atiku, as being the brain behind the crisis raging in PDP.
Sheriff disclosed that the Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike and and former Deputy National Chairman of the party, Uche Secondus were scheming to hand over the party’s structures to Atiku ahead 2019 presidential election.
He noted that the rumbling within the party is centred on the party’s presidential ticket for the 2019 election.
The former Borno State Governor is presently locked in a battle for the soul of the party with Senator Ahmed Makarfi, whose tenure as Chairman of the national caretaker committee of the party was extended by 12 months in Port Harcourt last Wednesday.
Speaking in an interview with Africa Independent Television, AIT, over the weekend, Sheriff through inference, accused Governor of Rivers State and Secondus, of plotting to hand the party’s ticket to Atiku.
He said: “Wike and Secondus are working to give the party ticket in 2019 to a man in APC, a man that is not even bold enough to leave the APC and join us. He was in the PDP before. He was a founding father of the PDP.
“I don’t have to mention his name. Secondus himself told me that he and Wike always meet this man to strategise plans on 2019. I told him that it is wrong. If the man is bold enough, let him come and join us now.
“They accused me of working for the APC. How? I have never played games like that. I had formed a party and was the BoT Chairman. I was a presidential candidate, three-time Senator , Minority Leader. Makarfi worked for the APC in 2015, Ben Obi was Atiku’s Vice Presidential Candidate, and Secondus and Wike are meeting an APC man regularly on how the party will be sold to him.
“Wike is full of arrogance and impunity. He is too small to pocket PDP. I will not allow him. There are people who can carry the flag within the party. PDP will not be sold,” he added.