I’m not under pressure to step down for Sheriff, Makarfi declares

I’m not under pressure to step down or withdraw cases against Ali Modu Sheriff, a factional leader of a troubled Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Senator Ahmed Makarfi has said.

Port Harcourt Division of Appeal Court sacked Makarfi last month, which renewed the crisis within the former ruling party.

Following the judgment, Sheriff and his team have taken over the PDP National Secretariat in Abuja.

Ahmaed Makarfi told one of Nigeria’s national dailies, The Nation, “I am not in the habit of dishing out propaganda as a strategy to confuse party members and Nigerians. I am even surprised that I could not be reached to authenticate the story before it was published. Nevertheless, let me say it categorically that I was not been pressurised by anybody to step down as the chairman of the caretaker committee.

“There is no iota of truth in the report. I have not been pressurised over any matter and I am not in touch with Bayelsa State Governor Seriake Dickson over any issue,” Makarfi said.

Stakeholders on the party like the PDP Governors Forum, the Board of Trustees (BOT) and the Forum of former ministers believe that political solution could resolve the protracted division within the party.

Former President Goodluck Jonathan is spearheading the political solution strategy, and he has been meeting with key stakeholders of the party and the two factions.

Makarfi insisted that it was not true that he was advised by to relinquish his position as a way out of the crisis.

“Yes. We are aware of the proposals that were made after President Goodluck Jonathan’s meeting with the governors. And Prince Adeyeye has issued a press release on the matter. So, there was nothing like pressure from any quarter,” Makarfi stated.

Makarfi was the Kaduna State governor between 1999 – 2007.

Makarfi also dissociated himself from registering a new rival political party Advanced Peoples Democratic Party (APDP).

He has however said PDP members are free to join any political party of their choice to fulfill their political ambition.