Sheriff nowhere to be found at PDP convention as Makarfi's tenure extended

Ali Modu Sheriff, sacked chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), was on Saturday nowhere to be found at the party’s national convention in Abuja.
Sheriff and Ahmed Makarfi, chairman of the caretaker committee, had been involved in a prolonged battle for the party’s leadership position.
But the supreme court, on July 12, ruled that Makarfi is the authentic chairman of the party’s national caretaker committee.
Since the ruling, Sheriff and his camp have not been present at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja.

Although the party had repeatedly said its doors are open for aggrieved and embattled members to return, Sheriff has not been seen in any PDP-related event.
On Friday, Biodun Olujumi, secretary of the convention’s planning committee, had said the convention is open to all party members.
When asked if the party had specifically invited Sheriff to the event, she said: “all party members were invited”.

Dayo Adeyeye, national publicity secretary of the party, had also told journalists that the party has extended an olive branch to Sheriff due to its policy of “no victor, no vanquished”.
He said the policy was adopted in order to move the party forward.
Meanwhile, the party, at the convention, extended the tenure of the national caretaker committee headed by Makarfi for another four months.
The extension, according to the party, is to give the committee ample time to conduct an elective national convention.

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