The chairmen of state chapters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have thrown their weight behind the Ahmed Makarfi-led Caretaker Committee.
The chapter chairmen, who paid a solidarity visit to Makarfi in Abuja yesterday, said they would continue to respect the decision of the May 21 national convention of the party that set up the committee.
The leader of the delegation, Alhaji Yahaya Mohammed, said as delegates to the convention, they were bound by the outcome, adding that doing otherwise would amount to undermining the national leadership of the party.
Mohammed, who is the chairman of the Federal Capital Territory chapter, urged the factional national chairman, Alhaji Ali Modu Sheriff, to respect the decision of the convention in the in the overall interest of the party.
Makarfi said the crisis in the party was proof that the PDP is worth struggling for and that the committee’s mandate was to bring everybody on board.
According to him, dragging the crisis for too long could be injurious to the health of the party.
The Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi, who presented the report of the party’s just concluded primary election in EdoState to Makarfi, said no individual can be greater than the party.
He also appealed to Sheriff to retrace his steps, even if he felt he had been wronged by the decision of the party.
“Leadership is for service and the party is ready to right whatever wrongs Sheriff might have suffered as a result of the party’s decision. Nobody has the powers to dissolve state executive committees except the National Executive Committee”, Umahi stated.