I Do Not Recognise Sheriff As PDP’s National Chairman – Ayo Fayose

Channels Television  
Updated April 7, 2017

I Do Not Recognise Sheriff As PDP's National Chairman - Ayo FayoseThere may not be an end in sight to the leadership crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), as the reconciliation efforts by the former President, Goodluck Jonathan, appears to have hit a stalemate temporarily.

After Thursday’s walkout by the National Chairman of the party, Senator Ali-Modu Sheriff, the Chairman of the Governors Forum, Mr Ayodele Fayose, says he does not recognise Senator Sheriff as the party’s leader.

Mr Fayose who was a guest on Channels Television’s political program, Politics Today, said the best way to resolve the matter is to wait for the outcome of the Supreme Court judgement.

“Personally I don’t recognise him as the National Chairman of the PDP.”

According to him, Sheriff is only the party’s Chairman by law, however, “there is an appeal waiting. I do respect what the law says but you cannot force a chairman I don’t want on me.

“For me, we will rather wait for the court to decide the future of this party, when the court says it is Makarfi, we follow him, when the court says Sheriff, we say bye bye – Personally, I will not attend any meeting with Sherriff again.”

On February 17, a Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, ruled that the caretaker committee headed by Senator Ahmed Makarfi was illegal and could not act on behalf of the PDP.

Although the judgement has continued to trigger more controversy within the party, Senator Sheriff, has since resumed work at the National Secretariat of the party.

Members of the Kaduna State Working Committee however, unanimously threw their support behind Senator Makarfi and described the Court of Appeal’s judgement as a ‘miscarriage of justice’.

Governor Fayose had also earlier described the reinstatement of Senator Sheriff as a rape of democracy, stating his confidence in the ability of the judiciary to do justice.