Makarfi: Sheriff Is Nothing But A 'Lawless Impostor'
This is coming just few days after they reached an understanding to bury their differences.
What has triggered the latest public spat began with Sheriff’s threat to sue anyone, including media houses, who referred to the Makarfi-led National Caretaker Committee as a faction of the party.
Another reason for the faceoff was Sheriff’s declaration of job vacancies in the party secretariat.
Sheriff, who described the Makarfi-led committee as illegal, said by the pronouncement of the Court of Appeal in Port Harcourt on February 17, 2017, such “a group” is not supposed to be in existence.
Sheriff also warned Makarfi and his group to stop interfering in the affairs of the party.
He said: “Makarfi should behave himself. We must prevent anybody with the agenda of killing the party, especially those who were brought to the party by those who have already decamped to other parties.”
Sheriff, warned the old PDP staff, who still have the party’s property in their possession, to return them immediately.
“They should return them within the seven days grace or we will be left with no other option than to hand them over to the police,” Sheriff said.
The Makarfi group fired back and urged the staff and party stakeholders to ignore Sheriff, saying that his threats were those of “a lawless impostor”.
“We went out of our way few days ago to reach accommodation with them even when some of our top leaders had serious misgivings about any type of talk with them given their unreliability,” Makarfi said.
He said that his committee showed its goodwill, while the Sheriff-led National Working Committee demonstrated their bad faith.
He said: “We have always known that Sheriff and his co-travellers, especially Cairo Ojuogbo, were never men of honour with whom one can reach any agreement.
“But we tagged along to avoid being accused of unnecessary intransigence.
“Since the leopard cannot change its spot, it is now very clear that no agreement or political solution can be reached with these bunch of people with huge integrity deficit.”