Leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the seven North-west states have pledged loyalty to the Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led national caretaker committee, saying the ex-Kaduna State governor holds the key to re-positioning the party.
The declaration of support for Makarfi came on the heels of a similar move by members of the PDP in the North-east states for the disputed national chairman of the party, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff.
Sheriff and Makarfi are locked in a battle for the soul of the PDP as both men lay claim to the leadership of the party.
Speaking yesterday on behalf of party chieftains from the zone when they visited Makarfi in Abuja, Ambassador Ibrahim Musa Kazaure said: “The purpose of this visit is to declare the total support of the entire PDP North-west zone to your committee. We are behind you, and hereby identify with your leadership as the only option to save the PDP.
“We hope and pray for Allah’s guidance and support for you in the discharge of this important assignment of repositioning the PDP”.
Responding, Makarfi assured them that his committee would discharge its duty to the satisfaction of members, adding that on the legal front, the PDP’s May 21 national convention in Port Harcourt, which appointed the caretaker committee, was upheld by the courts.