Makarfi to Dickson: You lack power to sack us

Chairman of the National Caretaker Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ahmed Makarfi, said the chairman of the party’s National Reconciliation Committee, Governor Seriake Dickson lacked the power to demand his resignation. Dickson had, on Sunday, said that Makarfi should step aside as a way out of the present impasse in the party.

Makarfi, in a statement yesterday by spokesperson for the National Caretaker Committee (NCC), Prince Dayo Adeyeye, noted that the committee did not appoint itself, but is a creation of the national convention of the party. “As the governor admitted in his statement, the Caretaker Committee was put in place and enjoys the support of over 80 per cent of members of the party,” Adeyeye said.

He added that the proper thing the governor should do is to persuade and convince the 80 per cent of the members if he wants the committee to be disbanded. “The caretaker committee is merely the agent of the party. The principals are the organs of the party and the 80 per cent of members that he alluded to. The NCC has no choice than to obey the command of its principals.

“It is, therefore, most unfair to cast aspersions on members of the committee. Governor Dickson should know where to direct his efforts. He should convince our principals who are the organs of the party on the need for the caretaker committee members to resign.

“As men of integrity, we have said it countless number of times, and we are repeating it now for emphasis sake, that the NCC members will quit office immediately the party organs that put it in place ask us to disband. We are no sit tight like Senator Sheriff,” the statement added.

According to Adeyeye, former President Goodluck Jonathan had suggested the resignations of Sheriff and that of the caretaker committee as a solution to the crisis in the context of finding a suitable political solution to the crisis. He added that while the committee agreed to step down in the interest of peace, Sheriff has bluntly refused. “Who should we blame for the lingering crisis in the light of this? Definitely not the NCC.

It is, therefore, most unfair to say that the NCC is averse to finding a political solution to the crisis. “We are bemused that while Dickson admits that the NCC was mandated by the organs of the party to pursue the appeal at the Supreme Court, at the same time he wants its members to resign.

This is evidently self-contradictory. “To successfully accomplish the task of reconciliation, it is important to be seen by all sides as an impartial honest broker. “We are worried that Governor Dickson has seriously undermined the work of his committee by taking sides with Sheriff.

We are even more concerned about his open declaration of war on the NCC. Rather than reconciling the party, he is being further pulling it apart. “We are not amused by the urge for us to surrender the destiny of the party to Sheriff who brazenly and without any remorse destroyed our chances in the Edo and Ondo governorship elections,” he said.

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