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Published On: Thu, Nov 23rd, 2017

PDP: Bode George, Makarfi bicker, trade accusations

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The leadership crisis in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is deepening as supporters of Chief Bode George call for resignation of Chairman of the party’s National Caretaker Committee, Sen. Ahmed Makarfi.
The Campaign Organisation to Bode George, one of the PDP National Chairmanship Aspirants has accused Makarfi of bias.
Alhaji Ibrahim Aliu, the Director General of the Organization, made the call in a statement he issued in Abuja.
Aliu accused Makarfi of working for one of the PDP Chairmanship aspirants from the South South in other to achieve his presidential ambition.
“Apparently spurred by personal ambition of contesting for the Presidential office in 2019, Makarfi is brazenly allying with a particular aspirant in the South-South.
“He is doing that to deliberately distort the process, muddle equity and invariably destroy the democratic process for transient personal gains.”
Aliu also alleged that Makarfi was planting the agents of his favourite South-South candidate to stage manage “warped and skewed congresses” in an undisguised mockery of all the normative patterns of PDP founding fathers.
“In a way, Makarfi is evidently resolved to repeat the farcical malady that characterized the debacle in Port Harcourt last year.
“We have equally resolved that we will not be led along this ruinous path again. Never!
“For the sake of propriety, for the sake of all that is good and meaningful, for the sake of equitable balance and moral appropriateness, we strongly advise Senator Makarfi to resign.
“He should resign his position forthwith because he has been severely compromised.”
Aliu said that Makarfi should now do the most honourable thing by walking away and face his ambition squarely.
“He cannot use a privilege non-elective position to wangle undue advantages to his own side. It is patently unacceptable.
“We need to redeem our party by being faithful to the great ideals of our founding fathers.
“We really believe that elders of the party across the nation should summon an emergency summit.
“An mergence submit to deliberate on the right way to re-strategize our party and rectify the wrongs on the ground .”
He said that PDP could only be redeemed and restore to its winning ways when all leaders were sincere, genuine, and anchored on the path of salvaging righteousness.
Makarfi has however, dismissed the allegation and described it as “ridiculous and unfortunate,” and said that the aspirant may have sensed that he would lose.
Makarfi said the allegation was based on George’s claim on a letter previously written by another aspirant, where he listed five people in the convention committee alleged to be supporters of a South-South aspirant.
Makarfi said the five people were insignificant in a committee of about 160 persons who he said had the right to align with any candidate of their choice. “That is politics,” Makarfi stated.
He advised George to concentrate on his campaign rather than raising baseless allegations. (NAN)

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