Ali Modu Sheriff, the Factional National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described the Prof. Jerry Gana-led Strategy Review and Inter-Party Affairs Committee as illegal and advised it to stop speaking on behalf of the PDP.
“Professor Jerry Gana going round the country on behalf of the PDP is unacceptable to the party.
The Gana-led committee was formed by the Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led National Caretaker Committee.
The committee which had been visiting founding and prominent members of the party was tasked to re-positioning the party.
Sheriff who was represented by his Deputy National Chairman, Cairo Ojougbo, stated this at a news conference in Abuja on Monday.
“I have the report of Gana here where he recommended that all members of the Sheriff group should be suspended from the party.
“We find it very uncomfortable that a person of Jerry Gana’s standing, if actually he wants to help the party as at this time of crisis, would recommend that a faction or members of the party should be expelled for their political beliefs.
“That is very unbecoming of a man of Gana’s status. So, we take very serious views to his going round as whatever committee he calls himself.
“The committee was not set up by the party and we are giving notice that forthwith, he should discontinue with it,” he said.
“The reason why the caretaker committee is protesting is that they have seen that the table is now crumbling fast under their feet.
“All the organs of the party are cueing into the reconciliation and when the reconciliation pulls through, they are out and Sen. Makarfi can only come as member of the Board of Trustees (BoT).
“They get subvention from the governors every month and when reconciliation happens, the N50 million monthly subventions from governors will stop.
The Senator Makarfi-led faction however vehemently denied the allegation, noting that it is a lie from the pit of hell and a very cheap and unintelligent attempt at blackmail.
“Secondly, Makarfi wants a situation where he will tailor-make the convention to suit his interest because he has come out to say that he will be contesting the presidency of the country.
“We are very mindful that we are not going to tie our party around any individual, and that is why the national chairman, Sheriff said ` look, I am going to throw everything open.”