Prince Dayo Adeyeye, the National Publicity Secretary of the Makarfi-led Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Caretaker Committee, told newsmen in Port-Harcourt the Rivers State capital on Saturday that, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has no reason to recognize Ali Modu Sheriff’s candidate for the forthcoming governorship election in Edo State.
He noted that Osagie Ize-Iyamu who won the previously organized PDP primary election by the Makarfi-led group remains the PDP candidate for Edo State.
“In Edo, the Sheriff faction is saying INEC must recognise the candidate submitted by it (Sheriff faction). How would INEC take something from a man that is only a busybody to the party?
“If a court had ruled that Sheriff is not the chairman of the PDP, how then would a court say that INEC should recognise a candidate recognised by Sheriff?” He asked.
Prince Adeyeye stated that Sheriff was removed as the PDP National Chairman at the PDP National Convention in line with the party’s constitution.
The PDP Governors and other members of the party have rejected him. The PDP National Convention is supreme and Sheriff has no legal basis to call himself the PDP National Chairman Adeyeye said.
“When has it become the tradition for courts to choose executive members of a party?
“Sheriff is saying that he is the national chairman of the PDP by a court order even when the governors and other members of the party have rejected him. Some people are trying to use the judiciary to destroy Nigeria’s democracy.
“An example is what is playing out in Abia State. But we are not going to allow our nation’s democracy to be destroyed. Nigeria has become a laughing stock and we must sensitise people to this because it (indiscriminate court injunctions) is a new development.
“People are trying to manipulate the judiciary for their own gains and this is dangerous for democracy. The PDP National Convention is supreme and Sheriff has no legal basis to parade himself as the PDP national chairman,” he added as seen on Punch.