The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has again erupted in crisis as the former governor of Borno State, Ali Modu Sherriff, monday took over the Wadata House National Secretariat of the party at Wuse, Abuja, insisting that he is the valid national chairman of the party.
Sherriff had been removed from office following the dissolution of the party’s national Working Committee (NWC) and National Executive Committee (NEC) by the National convention convened in Port Harcourt on 21 May, 2016.
The convention subsequently constituted a seven-man caretaker committee headed by a former governor of Kaduna State, Ahmed Makarfi, to steer the affairs of the party, pending the convening of another national convention within three months.
The other members of the committee were Senator Ben Obi (secretary), Senator Odion Ugbesie, Senator Abdul Ningi, Mr Kabir Usman, Mr Dayo Adeyeye and Alhaja Aisha Aliyu.
But Sheriff in company with Wale Oladipo and Adewole Adeyanju, National Secretary and National Auditor of the defunct NWC, went to the national secretariat yesterday with their supporters to take it over.
Addressing a press conference inside the party’s NWC Hall, Sheriff said he was back on the national chairmanship seat following a Lagos High Court order and that his tenure would run till 2018.
In a swift response, the Chairman of the PDP National Caretaker Committee, Makarfi, said he and members of the committee would be addressing the latest move by Sheriff.