In a prompt reaction to the statement made Mr. Cairo Ojougbo, on behalf of Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, the Ahmed Makarfi-led faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has rejected all the allegations including that of an alleged N50million monthly financial support it reportedly receives from governors.
According to Dayo Adeyeye, the spokesman of the Makarfi faction, he noted that the allegations are “a lie from the pit of hell and a very cheap and unintelligent attempt at blackmail.”
Adeyeye added that the Makarfi-led faction had from inception been hamstrung by inadequate finance, “so much so that simple secretariat duties have been a struggle while we have been unable to pay staff salaries of just N18 million a month”, stressing that the National Caretaker Committee do not enjoy any remuneration.
“It is a selfless service. It is therefore a figment of his imagination to say that the governors give the National Caretaker Committee N50 million monthly. The governors are all alive and are free to come forward and declare publicly their level of contributions to the National Caretaker Committee since May 21st 2016,” he said.
Mr. Adeyeye also disclosed that Senator Ahmed Makarfi faction was ready to accept the proposal by President Goodluck Jonathan and some governors to end the crisis.
He noted that the former president called on the resignation of Mr. Sheriff faction and also Senator Makarfi faction “to create a level playing field for all, and to build trust among all members”.
“These would have provided both political and legal solution to the logjam. But Senator Sheriff rejected it, and continue to insist that he would conduct a National Convention – when he does not enjoy the trust and confidence of the vast majority of party members.
“It is therefore very clear who has a personal or hidden agenda. And I dare say, it is Senator Sheriff and not the National Caretaker Committee. The blackmail of Dr. Cairo is too cheap and too simplistic,” he said.