– Sherrif and Makarfi are locked in supremacy battle
– The meeting is meant to discuss party’s leadership crises
Embattled national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ali Modu Sherrif and his warring partner and chairman of the caretaker committee of the party, Ahmed Makarfi, have been locked out of a meeting of the party’s board of trustees, Vanguard is reporting.
The two have been locked in a legal tussle for the soul of the opposition party with two courts giving different rulings favouring each party.
The meeting is currently ongoing in Abuja.
Sheriff, a former governor of Borno state, walked into the Transcorp Hilton-venue of the meeting at about 11:10 am, according to the report while Makarfi appeared at the venue five minutes later.
They both reportedly sat at the high table where the chairman of the board, Jibril Wali, and the secretary, Chief Ojo Maduekwe sat.
Minutes later, the chairman of the board announced that the board had taken a very important decision and that this would precede the meeting.
He therefore asked journalists at the venue to leave the hall.
Just few minutes later, Sheriff and Makarfi were seen walking out of the meeting hall.
The report quoted a member of the board as saying that the two were asked to leave the hall because the issue to be discussed centred around both of them.
The meeting was ostensibly to find a solution to the crisis that has enveloped the party since Sheriff was ousted as chairman at the May 21 national convention in Port Harcourt, Vanguard reports.
Sheriff was sacked by the party and a caretaker committee led by Makarfi, who is a former governor of Kaduna state was constituted. The meeting was said to have behind closed door at the police headquarters, Louis Edet House, Abuja.