The leadership crisis rocking the opposition Peoples Democratic Party seem not to be heading to an end soon as the Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party’s National Caretaker Committee, Sen. Ahmed Makarfi, has called on the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, to immediately order the arrest and prosecution of the factional National Chairman of the party, Sen. Ali Modu Sheriff, and Mr. Matthew Iduoriyekemwen.
Both men, according to Makarfi should be charged with contempt for disobeying a court Judgment, Nigerian Pilot reports
Makarfi’s call came in reacting to the issuance of certificate of return to Iduoriyekemwen as the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party for the forthcoming governorship election in Edo by Sheriff.
The former Kaduna State governor was quoted in a statement by Prince Dayo Adeyeye as saying, “We are shocked at the attitude of Sheriff who has become an authority in the country with flagrant disobedience of the Nigerian Constitution, the Electoral Act and the PDP constitution without being arrested or detained by security agencies.
“Is he above the law, if we may ask?”
He argued that Justice Abdullah Mohammed Liman’s Judgment of the Federal High Court, Port Harcourt on the 4th of July, 2016 was superior to all other court rulings, ex-parte orders or Interlocutory injunctions procured by Sheriff and his supporters.
He added that Sheriff’s reliance on Justice Okon Abang’s ruling ofThursday, June 30, 2016 was an attempt to confuse unsuspecting members of the public as he has done in previous times.
As a result, he said, “We are calling on the Police to do the needful by arresting Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, his co-travelers and Iduoriyekemwen for disobeying Court Judgment.”
But Sheriff said that what Makarfi was merely asking for impossibility.
However, Sheriff, speaking though the National Secretary of his faction of the party, Prof. Wale Oladipo, said Makarfi was asking for the impossible.
He said, “It is wishful thinking of the group, but it won’t happen. They know that we have court orders that say our candidates should be accepted by the INEC.
“Whatever they are saying, they should wait for the Court of Appeal to decide. Without that, they are wasting their time. I only wish that they are not out to destroy the party.