In what can be described as more cracks in the wall of the People’s Democratic Party, the Kaduna state chapter of the party appears divided over the choice of Ali Modu sheriff and Senator Ahmed Markarfi-led caretaker committee.
The Kaduna state Working Committee of the PDP following the Appeal court Judgment have thrown its weight behind Senator Ahmad Markarfi, describing the Appeal court judgment as a ‘‘miscarriage of Justice’’
The disapproval given to the Sheriff faction was made public during a meeting held at the PDP secretariat in kaduna state, North west Nigeria.
Kaduna State PDP Chairman and a former Minister of Aviation, Hassan Hyat, told reporters that pending the outcome of the Supreme Court judgement, members in the state will pitch their tent with the Makarfi led committee.
“We support the position of the PDP stakeholders at the national level that the national convention of the party held in Port Harcourt on the 21st of May, 2016 actually dissolved the then National Working Committee and the National Executive Committee of the party, and replaced the National Working Committee with a 7-member National Caretaker Committee under the leadership of Senator Ahmed Makarfi as chairman and Senator Ben Obi as secretary to run the party and organise an elective national convention as soon as practicable.
“We stand by the judgement of the Federal High Court in Port Harcourt which endorsed the decision of the 21st May, 2016 National Convention.
“We also view the split decision of the two justices of the Court of Appeal that sat in Port Harcourt on 17th February, 2017 which nullified the decision of the national convention of 21st May, 2017 and reinstated the Senator Sheriff National Working Committee as a miscarriage of justice and a complete negation of our party constitution”, Hyat said.
However, some members loyal to Senator Sheriff have come out openly to distance themselves from the position of the party executive in Kaduna State, saying they were not part of the decision.
The group, led by Senator Musa Bello, said the judgment of the Appeal Court must be respected by every member of the party, hence they are solidly behind Sheriff.
He said no provision for caretaker committee in the PDP constitution