Ondo Guber: Sheriff, Makarfi Resort To Threats
The leadership tussle in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) assumed a new dimension yesterday as the Senator Ahmed Makarfi and Ali Modu Sheriff-led camps threatened each other with jail terms over the lingering national chairmanship tussle of the party.
This is coming three days after the loss suffered by the party in the Ondo State governorship election. Following the defeat of the party in the poll, leaders of the two camps have been trading blames over the loss, with each accusing the other of being responsible.
While the Makarfi faction threatened to pursue its case to ensure Sheriff spends the rest of his life in jail, the Sheriff faction said they had done nothing to deserve that and threatened to visit same on the Makarfi faction.
Spokesman of Makarfi’s National Caretaker Committee, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, yesterday said Sheriff had not appealed court judgements which sacked him from office.
He, however, remarked that while the National Caretaker Committee had not called for the expulsion of Sheriff and his followers yet, “the rain of vengeance will not hang forever in the clouds,” adding that Sheriff risks going to jail for his actions so far.
But in a reaction, deputy national chairman of Sheriff’s faction, Dr Cairo Ojougboh, argued that it is the caretaker committee members that face jail terms, adding that they evaded efforts to serve them with court papers issued by the Federal High Court.
Adeyeye, in his statement, said: “First and foremost, we wish to state categorically that in consonance with the judgements of various courts, which Ali Modu-Sheriff and his team of confused travellers have not bothered to appeal, the former Borno State governor is not the chairman of our party, the PDP.
“His consistent claim to the office is a continuation of their plans to sustain mayhem in our Party, but nature and fair justice have taken care of his desperation.
“We wish to draw the attention of all Nigerians to the judgement delivered by Justice Valentine Ashi of the FCT High Court, which states clearly that Senator Ali Modu-Sheriff was never, and is not, the PDP national chairman.
“It is instructive to note that Senator Modu-Sheriff and his team of circus performers have not deemed it fit to appeal the court judgement. In law, a judgment not appealed is binding on the defendant.”
Adeyeye added that the pronouncements of court are binding and those who treat them with levity risk spending the rest of their lives behind prison bars.
According to him, it is morally wrong for Sheriff to accuse the National Caretaker Committee of being the reason why the party has been losing elections, especially in Edo and Ondo states.
But Ojougboh, while reacting to Adeyeye’s statement, countered that it was the caretaker committee that was actually playing with jail terms “because there is a Form 48 and 49 already issued against them from the Federal High Court that is waiting for them. The effort to serve and arrest them was aborted because they evaded the law.
“Justice Mohammed J. of Abuja High Court ruled that the tenure of the NWC expires in 2018 and, therefore, Sheriff remains the only and authentic national chairman. The judgement Adeyeye and co. are talking about has nothing to do with Sheriff.”
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