The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has stated that the embattled former national chairman of the party, Ali Modu Sheriff has no authority to make any proclamation, concerning the party, or its activities in Edo State.
According to the party, Sheriff is no more the national chairman of the party, as a duly constituted congress had relieved him of the position, and put in place a caretaker committee to oversee the activities of the party, pending the election of a new executive.
Sheriff had on Saturday announced the suspension of the members of the state executive of the party in Edo state and replaced them with a caretaker committee.
In a statement jointly signed by Sheriff and the former National Secretary of the party, Professor Wale Oladipo, they said the decision to suspend the state executive was taken at the National Working Committee meeting of the party held on the 21st June, 2016.
Sheriff has been accused severally of being sponsored by the ruling APC to create disaffection and chaos within the PDP, with the aim of spoiling its chances to present formidable opposition in the Edo and Ondo governorship election.
Immediately the party in Edo State held its governorship primary that produced Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu as its flag bearer, Sheriff had gone to town to cancel the exercise.
He constituted another committee led by Sen Hope Uzodinma, to conduct a fresh primary, claiming that three aspirants had collected his forms to vie for the party governorship ticket in that state.
The move was condemned by the Ahmed Makarfi-led Caretaker Committee of the party which accused Sheriff of working with the enemies of the PDP to completely cripple the party in the interest of the APC.
The committee insisted that the Edo primary election and all the processes leading to it thereof, were properly conducted, monitored and observed by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
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