Sheriff cautions Makarfi over alleged 2019 presidential ambition
The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ali Modu Sheriff has warned the party’s National Caretaker Committee chairman, Ahmed Makarfi to be careful of his utterances on whether or not he (Sheriff) would contest for president in the 2019 general elections.
Sheriff who spoke while receiving PDP members of the party from Zamfara State at the party national headquarters in Abuja also cautioned Makarfi to behave himself and stop talking about him all the time.
He was reacting to Makarfi’s recent declaration that Sheriff wants to conduct a convention to emerge as the presidential candidate of the party for the 2019 elections.
Sheriff had on Monday declared that he was waiting on God to decide on his 2019 presidential ambition.
Makarfi had actually said Sheriff was planning to hold a convention due to his ambition.
But Sheriff yesterday said: “I am not an ambitious person like some of my friends. One of the newspapers reported that Sheriff wants to do convention because he wants to become president. President of Nigeria is decided by God and the people.
“Whenever people lack confidence in themselves they don’t believe in the will of God. I have called him this morning. It is will of God. I want to sincerely request Makarfi to watch his words. I don’t believe that anyone of us here have the powers of God.”
He told Makarfi to mind his business and stop writing his (Sheriff’s) name all the time.
Meanwhile, Chairman of the National Reconciliation Committee and Governor of Bayelsa State, Seriake Dickson and chairmen of the state chapters of the party yesterday faulted fresh appointments into the party’s National Working Committee (NWC).
Submitting his committee’s report on the reconciliation of the factions within the party to the Makarfi-led PDP caretaker committee in Abuja, Dickson said that such illegal appointments could destroy the unity and cohesion within the party.
The report of the reconciliation committee had earlier been submitted to Sheriff.
The recent appointment of acting Deputy National Chairman, acting National Publicity Secretary and Acting National Organizing Secretary, among others had deepened the party’s crisis as many members insisted that Sheriff’s leadership lacks the power to make such appointments.
Also Senate and House of Representatives PDP caucus leaders, Godswill Akpabio and Leo Ogor said they were willing to give peace a chance if the Sheriff-led faction was ready to abide by the agreements reached with the Dickson’s committee.
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