Senator Ahmed Makarfi, chairman of the Caretaker Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has accused factional chairman, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff of positioning himself as presidential candidate of the party for 2019.
In an interview with Daily Trust, Makarfi said those already linking PDP issues to 2019 were right.
“It was known to the majority of the people that the former chairman, Modu Sheriff, assumed he was already the presidential candidate of the PDP and offering the position of running mate to different governors.
“We want to be allowed to finish this job within three months and go. So where is the hidden agenda here? Nobody has heard us campaign for any individual to succeed us. There is absolutely no hidden agenda for the Caretaker Committee. We want people to elect their national officers freely”, he said.
On what leaders of the party are currently doing to bring peace, he said: “They have been trying to make Sheriff see reasons why there should be peace. And whatever they come out with in the spirit of peace, even if it means that we vacate our positions, we will do so.”
Makarfi said although external forces cannot be ruled out in the ongoing PDP saga, that had not been confirmed yet.
“I have to be honest and sincere; I have not seen the evidence of government as an entity. Maybe some individuals from the party in power are interfering, purely for local interests. We have seen traces of that”, he stated.