Factional National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Ali Modu Sheriff has described the public conduct of Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayo Fayose as shameful.
Sheriff made the comment in reaction to a claim by Governor Fayose that PDP Governors, who were initially backing the former Borno Governor to remain in office, removed him due to his devious schemes to clinch the 2019 presidential ticket of the PDP.
The Ekiti governor also accused the embattled national chairman of enticing some party chieftains, especially governors, to buy into his plot by dangling the vice presidential ticket at them.
Denying the claim at a media briefing in Abuja yesterday, Sheriff said: “I am ashamed at the way and manner Fayose is conducting himself in the country. I was once a governor; so, I know that the position of governor is a very serious one that demands responsible behaviour”.
He rubbished allegations that he was scheming for the party’s presidential ticket in 2019, saying: “I never told anybody I wanted to run for president and I did not promise anybody the vice presidential ticket. I have decided not to join issues with Fayose”.
Speaking on the leadership crisis between him and the National Caretaker Committee led by Senator Ahmed Makarfi, the former Borno State governor said the National Working Committee (NWC) under him is in charge of the bank accounts of the PDP.
“Myself (sic) and the Treasurer, who is also a member of the NWC are signatories to the bank accounts of the PDP. Makarfi may also open another account in the name of his caretaker committee if he wished”, Sheriff said.
He also said he had forgiven Makarfi and his committee members for what he called their failed attempt to take over the party and invited them to rejoin the PDP under his leadership.
“There is only one PDP, which is the one under my leadership. Anyone who thinks that the Makarfi, contraption can work is deceiving himself. I am the only chairman of the PDP recognised by the courts, the constitution and the Electoral Act.
“I became chairman because the PDP chose me to lead the party. So, I won’t sit by and watch some people mess up the party. I am here to correct what had gone wrong with state congresses conducted by the party”.