Sheriff’s Group Set For Another PDP Governorship Primaries In Edo

Ali Modu Sheriff, PDP, PlateauIf things go according to plan, another primary election to determine the flag bearer for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the September 2016 governorship election will hold on Wednesday June 29.

This is according to the chairman of the state committee put in place by the faction loyal to the embattled leader of the opposition party, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff’, Mr Ebenezer Alabi.

Addressing journalists in Benin City, the capital of Edo State, Mr Alabi said the leadership of the party under Senator Sheriff invoked section 31, sub section two of the party’s constitution to appoint a seven-man committee to conduct a fresh primary election in Edo State.

The decision to have another primary election after one earlier one organised by the Ahmed Makarfi-led PDP that produced Mr Osagie Ize-Iyamu as flag bearer further showed deepened crisis in the party trying to regroup after it lost power in the centre to the All  Progressives Congress.

Senator Ali-Modu Sherrif’s faction had issued nomination forms to persons willing to contest in another governorship primary election in Edo State.

A lawmaker representing Egor/Ikpoba Okha Federal Constituency in Edo State, Honourable Ehiozuwa Johnson-Agbonayinma, told reporters that he had picked the nomination form for an election to be organised by the Sherrif’s faction.

Honourable Agbonayinma purchased the form in Abuja.

He later addressed reporters in Benin City on Saturday, stressing that, as a lawmaker he was convinced that the only legally recognised PDP in Nigeria was that headed by Senator Sheriff.

Senator Sheriff had on Thursday set up another committee to conduct primaries for three PDP governorship candidates in Edo State, who have bought forms from his faction.

PDP State Chairmen Pledge Support For Makarfi

MakarfiTwenty-four state chairmen of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have pledged their support for the party’s caretaker committee led by Senator Ahmed Makarfi.

The FCT Chairman of the PDP, Mr Yahaya Suleiman who led the delegation expressed concern about the recent development at the national level.

This pledge of allegiance is coming at a time the embattled chairman of the PDP, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff is threatening to annul the results of the congresses that produced the new principal officers in the states.

On his part, Senator Makarfi described the leadership tussle in the party as unfortunate.

Senator Ali-Modu Sherrif’s faction has started issuance of nomination forms to persons willing to contest in another governorship primary election in Edo State.

A lawmaker representing Egor/Ikpoba Okha Federal Constituency in Edo State, Honourable Ehiozuwa Johnson-Agbonayinma, told reporters that he had picked the nomination form for an election to be organised by the Sherrif’s faction.

Honourable Agbonayinma purchased the form in Abuja.

He later addressed reporters in Benin City on Saturday, stressing that, as a lawmaker he was convinced that the only legally recognised PDP in Nigeria was that headed by Senator Sheriff.

Ali Modu Sheriff’s Faction Issues Forms To Candidates For Fresh Edo PDP Primaries

Ali Modu Sherif on Edo State PrimariesThe crisis in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is continuing, as the Senator Ali-Modu Sherrif’s faction has started issuance of nomination forms to persons willing to contest in another governorship primary election in Edo State.

A lawmaker representing Egor/Ikpoba Okha Federal Constituency in Edo State, Honourable Ehiozuwa Johnson-Agbonayinma, told reporters that he had picked the nomination form for an election to be organised by the Sherrif’s faction.

Honourable Agbonayinma purchased the form in Abuja.

He later addressed reporters in Benin City on Saturday, stressing that, as a lawmaker he was convinced that the only legally recognised PDP in Nigeria was that headed by Senator Sheriff.

Leadership Crisis

The Ahmed Makarfi-led PDP had conducted its Edo State governorship primary election on Monday, June 20 which produced Mr Osagie Ize-Iyamu as flag bearer for the PDP.

Senator Sheriff had on Thursday set up another committee to conduct primaries for three PDP governorship candidates in Edo State, who have bought forms from his faction.

He said the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had sent the party their guidelines for the primaries, expressing preparedness to meet up with all the requirements set by the INEC for the September election.

The PDP is facing leadership crisis, with Senator Sheriff laying claims to the leadership of the party after he was removed at a convention held in Port Harcourt, the capital of Rivers State.

After his removal, a caretaker committee was set up led by Senator Makarfi, but Senator Sheriff said his removal violated a court order issued in relation to the party’s convention, which he also claimed nullified every decision taken at that convention.

He insists he is the leader of the party seen as the strongest opposition to the ruling party in Nigeria.

Members of the party have accused him of sabotaging the efforts of the party to reorganise itself after it lost power in the 2015 election to the All  Progressives Congress.

Ali Modu Sheriff Denies Sponsoring Boko Haram

Boko HaramFormer Governor of Borno State, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, has denied sponsoring the Boko Haram sect and threatened to sue the Australian negotiator, Mr Stephen Davis, who was reported to have linked him to the Boko Haram sect.

Senator Sheriff, at a press conference on Wednesday in Abuja, said that the fact that one of his commissioners was identified as a Boko Haram member doesn’t make him one.

He went on to say that he had no association with any terrorists anywhere and denies ever meeting the Boko Haram group.

“I cannot be a sponsor of a group I have not met before. Today, there are 10,000 members of Boko Haram terrorising our people. All my actions as governor was to guide my people right.

“I don’t have foot soldiers, as they alleged. The allegation that some foot soldiers who turned against me became Boko Haram is not true. I am prepared to face any panel in the world to clear my name of Boko Haram,” he said.

He, however, cleared the air about his recent invitation to the office of the Department of State Security Service and that it has nothing to do with the Boko Haram sect.