The chairman of the Caretaker Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ahmed Makarfi, has accused the Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, of taking sides in the party’s leadership crisis.
Dickson, who led the PDP reconciliation committee, has called on Makarfi to resign and allow the party’s court backed chairman, Ali Modu Sheriff, to conduct a convention.
Makarfi, in a statement issued on Monday by the spokesman of the Caretaker Committee, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, said for Dickson to accomplish the task of reconciliation, he must remain honest and impartial.
“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 caretaker committee. Rather than reconciling, the party is being further pulled 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 State governorship elections.
“Governor Dickson will recall all the efforts made by former Governor Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State and his good self to persuade Sheriff and his cohorts not to destroy the Ondo elections. Everything ended in futility. Those are the same people he wants us to trust with our destiny,” Makarfi said.
Describing the call by Dickson on Makarfi and his team to resign as shocking and embarrassing, the statement said the caretaker committee enjoys the support of 80 percent of PDP members.