PDP members can realise their political ambition through any political party-Ahmed Makarfi
Members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are free to join other political associations to realise their political ambition, Factional Chairman of National Caretaker Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, has said
Makarfi was sacked by Appeal Court last year.
“We acknowledge and recognise the right of party members to seek alternative platform to actualise their political dreams, which is an inalienable right guaranteed by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”
Makarfi’s faction was speculated to have created and warming up to register a new political party Advanced Peoples Democratic Party (APDP).
The former governor however said neither him nor any member of the caretaker committee had joined the proposed APDP.
APDP is a proposed rival political party to the PDP.
PDP is now legally under the leadership of Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, a former governor of Borno State.
The former ruling party, PDP, has been in a crisis for more than a year now, and crisis rocking the party seems to have no end soon.
Port Harcourt Division of Court of Appeal pronounced Sheriff, the former governor of Borno State, as the authentic national chairman of the troubled party.
Makarfi’s faction had appealed the judgment, but former President Goodluck Jonathan had stepped into the crisis and promised to a find political solution to the leadership tussle.
With a new political party about to be registered, which has the resemblance of the PDP, there are insinuations that one of the camps may not be sincere with the proposed deal.
Makarfi, a former governor of Kaduna State, has nevertheless denied a move to register a new political party.
But reports say that Makarfi faction also vowed never to abandon the PDP for Sheriff and its faction.
“We state clearly and without ambiguity that the National Caretaker Committee of the PDP is not, in any way, involved in the plans to register any party by the name of APDP or any other party for that matter.
“It is unthinkable that the National Caretaker Committee, which, without any doubt, enjoys the support of all the recognised organs of the party, will contemplate such a move.
“Whatever decision that will be taken on the PDP brand shall be taken by the owners of the party – the party members – at a properly constituted national convention, and not by a few individuals, no matter how highly-placed.
“For the records, no decision has been taken that the PDP should be abandoned and a new party formed out of the current structure. At least, no such proposal is before the National Caretaker Committee as of this moment.
“We reiterate our belief that the issues before the Supreme Court will be resolved on the side of truth and justice will be served in the interest of peace,” Spokesperson for the caretaker committee, Dayo Adeyeye, said.
Adeyeye was a former Minister of State for Works.
The former minister said in a statement in Abuja, on Sunday, that the “National Caretaker Committee has no hands in the purported planned registration of the Advanced Peoples Democratic Party.”