Members of the National Caretaker Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party led by Senator Ahmed Makarfi had an emergency meeting in Abuja on Tuesday.
The meeting was sequel to growing apprehension caused by calls on Makarfi to quit his position before the December 9 national convention of the party. The convention is scheduled to hold in Abuja. The request on Makarfi to resign is being seen by members of the different caucuses in the party as an indication that the national convention may further polarise the former ruling party.
On Tuesday, the Bode George for PDP National Chairman Campaign Organisation called on Makarfi to resign his position with immediate effect, saying the role he was playing in the process towards the party national convention “is increasingly disturbing and rather untidy.”
In a statement by the campaign organisation, and signed by its Director General, Alhaji Ibrahim Aliu, the organisation said, “Apparently spurred by personal ambition of contesting the presidential office in 2019, Makarfi is brazenly allying with a particular aspirant in the South-South to deliberately distort the process, muddle equity and invariably destroy the democratic process for transient personal gains.”
“Makarfi’s action, to put it mildly, is sickening, untoward, blatantly tendentious, totally stripped of the typical moral high ground that often defines a well-meaning, God fearing arbitrating leadership.
“Everywhere you look, Makarfi is planting the agents of his favourite South-South candidate to stage-manage warped and skewed congresses in an undisguised mockery of all the normative patterns of our founding fathers whose enduring forte about equity, justice and fairness is now being flung into the gutter.
“In a way, Makarfi is evidently resolved to repeat the farcical malady that characterised the debacle in Port Harcourt last year. We have equally resolved that we will not be led along this ruinous path again. Never!”