The hindrance rocking the Peoples Democratic birthday celebration took a new dimension on Thursday when its national Chairman, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, accused the Governor of Rivers State, Mr. Nyeson Wike, and his Ekiti State counterpart, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, of recruiting former President Goodluck Jonathan to scuttle the celebration’s peace process.
He alleged that the two governors gave the former President the duty of scuttling the efforts of the birthday party’s Peace and Reconciliation Committee headed with the aid of the Governor of Bayelsa State, Mr. Seriake Dickson.
the former President had, on Thursday remaining week in Abuja, organised the birthday celebration’s stakeholders’ meeting, which ended in disarray.
Sheriff and contributors of his national Working Committee walked out of the meeting as a result of disagreements on the way it will have to be conducted.
alternatively, members of the sacked nationwide Caretaker Committee of the celebration, headed by using Senator Ahmed Makarfi, and other stakeholders of the birthday celebration had been in attendance.
The Makarfi committee, which was sacked by way of the court of appeal in Port Harcourt, has however taken its case to the Supreme court docket.
speaking at a press conference in Abuja on Thursday, Sheriff, who spoke through his deputy, Dr. Cairo Ojougboh, mentioned Jonathan used to be lured into committing a significant breach of protocol that led to the failure of the train which used to be the supposed outcome.
He stated, “It was once a factor of joy for the celebration devoted as they jubilated that indeed peace has again to the celebration.
“however to the surprise of all, Wike and Fayose recruited the previous President Goodluck Jonathan into a faux peace effort predetermined to scuttle Governor Dickson’s efforts.
“the outcome is that President Jonathan was lured into committing a serious breach of protocol that led to the failure of the train, which was once the intended result.”
Sheriff also alleged that Wike backed the meeting (with Jonathan) with the sum of N50m.
He mentioned, “The allegation that Wike spent a whopping N50m to host the ultimate failed assembly with President Goodluck Jonathan is neither palatable nor is it applicable.”
Sheriff further alleged that the governor had spent a few tens of millions when it comes to the PDP case on the Supreme court docket.
He mentioned, “it’s mentioned that Wike paid $ 1m for felony charges to Markarfi’s attorneys within the ongoing Supreme court docket subject and has disbursed $ 5m to unknown individuals when it comes to the Supreme court case.
“He has been boasting that he bought his governorship Supreme courtroom judgment through anyone (title withheld) in swimsuit No percent810/2016.”
The party chairman expressed subject with what he described as “pointless spending” through Wike.
He added, “The birthday party is concerned that the amount of money Wike is spending needlessly is worrisome and a measure of unbridled profligacy intended to additional smear the great image of the birthday celebration.
“This money belongs to the folks of Rivers State and it will have to not be misappropriated on the rate of the people to whom it rightfully belongs.
“anybody partaking in the misuse of Rivers State cash must be totally mindful that it is blood cash. We therefore call on birthday party leaders and Nigerians to chorus from accepting these monies from Governor Wike in keeping with the spirit of our founding fathers.”
Sheriff nevertheless introduced that the birthday celebration’s national government Council assembly would dangle on could three, in Abuja.
but Jonathan denied gathering cash from someone to host the botched meeting.
the former President, who spoke via his media aide, Mr. Ikechukwu Eze, stated that there was once no explanation for anyone to accuse him of amassing money from anyone to organise a stakeholders’ assembly.
The ex-President mentioned, “the former President intervened within the challenge because of his genuine commitment to result in peace in the celebration that made him President. I don’t think anybody will consider that he accrued money from any one to organise the meeting.
“it is out of his authentic challenge to convey peace to the birthday party. He has been assembly with contributors of the celebration; he met with Sheriff a few instances, he also met with Makarfi a couple of occasions. He met with the governors.
“I don’t see any reason behind anybody to assert that Jonathan accrued cash from anybody to organise the stakeholders’ convention.”
In his own reaction, Fayose said Sheriff was once doing the bidding of his paymasters within the All Progressives Congress.
Fayose spoke via his unique Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Mr. Lere Olayinka.
“If Ali Modu Sheriff has taken his desperation to serve his paymasters within the APC to the level of accusing former President Goodluck Jonathan of being bribed to organise a peace meeting for the PDP, there is no cause of any sane mind to continue to answer the continuous commercial of his (Sheriff) political madness,” he introduced.
FG the usage of Sheriff to fuel situation in PDP, alleges Wike
Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, has accused the Federal government of the usage of the national Chairman of the Peoples Democratic celebration, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, to result in quandary in the birthday celebration.
Wike, who described Sheriff as a stooge, then again, assured members of the PDP that there was once no obstacle in the PDP.
The governor, who made this remark in Port Harcourt, on Thursday, when over 7,500 members of the All Progressives Congress in the state defected to the PDP, assured participants of his party that God would intervene within the state of affairs.
He defined that his administration would now not be distracted with the aid of the opposition party within the state, adding that his administration would continue with the development of the state.
Wike added, “Let me let you know as a result of I don’t want anybody to tell you tales. there’s no crisis within the PDP. What the Federal government is doing; because they have considered that the APC is fumbling, they need to result in situation within the PDP via the usage of a stooge; they say his title is Sheriff, I don’t understand.
“So, we will be able to continue with what we’re doing within the state. we will be able to no longer be distracted; no person will distract us. They thought they could distract us, however they’re shocked that we are not even afflicted by what they’re doing.”
The governor argued that dismissing policemen, who were his security small print, amounted to a plot to kill him.
He stated, “You brushed aside policemen who were my security small print. What it manner is that if there are some individuals who needed to attack me, they should not protect me. I was about going out and i used to be advised I don’t have any (safety) aides. if you are no longer planning to kill me, would you do that?
“i have stated it that no matter strategy they are plotting towards (in advance of) 2019 in Rivers State won’t work. If I had been them, i’ll simply put out of your mind about this state.”
Explaining that the ruling birthday party used to be no longer doing anything else for the state, Wike promised the defectors that they’d see the adaptation between their stay in the APC and now that they’d lower back to the PDP.
“You got here when we wished to begin to empower individuals. I wish to guarantee you that everybody that has again to the PDP domestic has equal rights. Leaders at quite a lot of levels must lift all and sundry along,” he introduced.
In his response to the defection, the APC State Publicity Secretary, Mr. Chris Finebone, said a frontline flesh presser in Rivers State, Chief Glory Emeh, was once deceiving Wike by way of supplying faceless and non-existent names as defecting APC members.
“In pursuance of that scheme, Chief Emeh, having again to the PDP on my own, organised some unsuspecting villagers in his neighborhood, took&#a hundred and sixty; pictures with them and circulated within the media as APC members that defected to the PDP in his LGA,” Finebone said in a commentary.
then again, a couple of calls and a text message put throughout to Emeh have been neither answered nor responded to.