The national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Sen. Ali Modu Sheriff, said yesterday that the party’s National Caretaker Committee chairman, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, is bent on remaining chairman because of N50 million monthly subvention he (Makarfi) is receiving from PDP governors.
Sheriff, a former governor of Borno State, also alleged that Makarfi did not want to throw in the towel despite the appeal court judgement which gave him (Sheriff) legitimacy because he wanted to sit-tight and grab the party’s presidential ticket in 2019.
Deputy National Chairman of the PDP, Dr. Cairo Ojougboh, who addressed journalists at the party’s secretariat in Abuja, said he was speaking at the instance of Sheriff and the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party.
He said the report of the Governor Dickson-led PDP National Reconciliation Committee, which has been rejected by Makarfi, was being studied by various organs of the party.
He said the document will receive final approval during the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting after inputs from various organs to pave the way for a national convention.
Ojougboh said instead of outright rejection of the report, Makarfi should look at areas that needed improvement.
“The reason the caretaker committee is protesting is that they have seen that the table is now crumbling fast under their feet,” he said.
All the organs of the party are keying into the reconciliation and when the reconciliation pulls through, they are out and Sen. Makarfi can only come as member of the BoT; so, the N50 million monthly subventions from governors will stop.
“They get subvention from PDP governors every month and when reconciliation happens, that subvention will stop,” he said.
He said if Makarfi did not want a political settlement, he should wait for the decision of the Supreme Court, insisting that the national convention must be held soon.
However, the spokesman of the PDP National Caretaker Committee, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, told newsmen yesterday in Abuja that the allegation of N50 million subvention from governors was spurious and a blackmail.
“The committee, right from the inception, has been facing challenges of funding because the funds were not there even to pay the secretariat staff.
“We don’t even enjoy remuneration of any kind. Sometimes we use our personal money to do certain things; but there is nothing wrong for us collecting contributions from anybody.
“Of course, we receive contributions from governors and some members of the National Assembly but this is not enough. And of course, that is how some parties are being run.
“It is better for us to be collecting contributions from our party members than from the APC-led government. Even if we are receiving the money from our PDP governors, it is better than Sheriff and his group that are being funded by the APC.
“So, the governors should come openly to say this is the level of support they have been giving the caretaker committee,” he said.