Patrick Osadebamwen, Abuja
Caretaker Committee Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Sen. Ahmed Mohammed Makarfi, has dismissed the claims that he apologized to the former chairman of the party Sen. Ali Modu Sheriff.
Former National Vice chairman South-south, of the party, Dr. Cairo Ojougboh had alleged that Makarfi apologised to Sheriff over ongoing leadership crises rocking the party and pledged to work with him.
In a swift reaction however, Makarfi said the claim was spurious and fraudulent stressing that he had no reason to make any apology to Sheriff or any other person for that matter with regards to the present leadership crisis.
“That’s very fraudulent. I saw him at the convention of course, but I haven’t sat privately with Modu Sheriff in the last three months, or anybody representing him not to talk of me making such a statement.
“I haven’t granted any press statement. If that is the case, how can it be that the only statement I would make is to apologize to him and express support for him? There is no basis for that, absolutely no basis for that. This is what we are trying to get rid from PDP and all the so called court orders, judgment being bandied about aren’t really true.
“We know what the courts have said, the court never stopped any convention, of course it said do not elect and we didn’t elect and the order which was said to be vacated and that’s the Port Harcourt court order hasn’t been vacated and the IGP and INEC till today said it is an existing order.
“So, I really don’t know why they are spreading falsehood. All said and done, I still believe that the path towards resolving political problem is dialogue, accommodation and I am open to that.
“But as I am open to dialogue, accommodation so that we become one strong united family once again but it is very, very unfair to make a fraudulent statement that there is a document purported to have been issued by me. That never, ever happened and I never even dreamt about it not to talk of issuing it”, he said.
Senator Makarfi was appointed the chairman of a seven-man committee at the Port Harcourt convention on May 21 following the expiration of the Senator Ali Modu Sheriff led National Working Committee.
Other members of the committee are Sen. Ben Obi Secretary of the committee, Sen. Odion Ugbesia, Hajiya Aisha Aliyu, Sen. Abdul Ningi, Prince Dayo Adeyeye and Barrister Kabir Usman.