The National Caretaker Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has described as false the claim by Senator Ali Modu Sheriff that the Ahmed Makarfi-led committee has preserved the party’s presidential ticket for a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC.
Sheriff, who has continued to lay claim to the chairmanship of the party, had alleged last week that Makarfi and Senator Ben Obi, secretary of caretaker committee, are preparing ground for an APC chieftain ahead of the 2019 general elections.
But the committee in a statement by its spokesman, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, denied the allegation but said the committee is willing to receive any individual or group irrespective of their political dispositions.
The statement reads in part, “The public is kindly reminded to recall that it was barely two weeks ago the former chairman alleged that Senator Ahmed Makarfi is only pursuing his Presidential ambition and not concerned about the job given the Committee by the National Convention. Now, he has changed the story.
“The public is also kindly reminded that one of the problems that led to the removal of Senator Ali Modu Sheriff was attempting to convert himself from a 3 months chairman to not only a substantive chairman but the party’s presidential candidate for 2019. He went further to start offering running mate position to different individuals.
“It is also a fact that as soon as Senator Ali Modu Sheriff was appointed as chairman, many founding members of the Party left it. On the other hand, as soon as the national caretaker committee was appointed, people started retracing their steps back to the Party.”