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The National Headquarters of the PDP is yet to be
reopened, 52 days after it was shut. Mimiko hinged his
fears on indiscipline among the rank and file of the party
members which has given rise to several litigations in
different courts on the leadership crisis in the party. He
spoke at the zonal meeting of the PDP held in Akure, the
state capital, yesterday.
Both Senators Ali Modu Sheriff and Ahmed Makarfi
factions are in Lagos, Port Harcourt and Abuja courts
contending over the leadership crisis in the party. Mimiko
said it was indiscipline that made people to rush to court
over issues that could be settled without interference of the
judiciary. This indiscipline, he said, must be kicked out of
the PDP before it kills the party .
Apparently referring to Sheriff , Mimiko wondered how
somebody would think of running a political party based
on court judgements when all organs of the party have not
given him the nod.
These courts cases , he said, may eventually lead to the
death of the party and foster one – party state and
dictatorial tendency on the citizens.
His words: “ Unless, let me repeat it, unless we exorcise this
demonic tendency to rush to the court, this party will never
find its feet: the future is jeopardised, the future will
continue to be uncertain if each time anybody feels abused
the next thing is to go to court. “I think this is one area we
must tackle as a party if we must move forward. That is the
biggest threat and challenge we have as a party.
Nobody should deceive himself, especially those who are
not direct political practitioners, nobody should deceive
himself that trouble in PDP will necessarily translate and
remain as trouble within PDP alone. Ultimately, the PDP
that is unsettled is a veritable origination of dictatorship in
According to him, the high level of indiscipline in the party
has culminated into series of leadership crises at the national
level and challenges that also have overbearing effects in
some state chapters of the party.
According to him, “there is no question about the fact that
recent events within our party can challenge anybody no
matter how strong hearted you are. Recent events in our
party can set people asking; is this party really jinxed?”
“One of those weaknesses is this demonic propensity to rush
to the court for issues that can be settled within.
I think the level of indiscipline in the PDP is the number
one challenge we have. ” Mimiko compared the PDP with
the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), saying “ as
divisive as APC is, in spite of all the different tendencies
working themselves out in APC, I have not heard of their
cases in court.
But, PDP has endless cases in courts. That is the demon we
must exorcise from PDP if this party must progress. ”
Meanwhile , Sheriff has denied media reports that the
senator representing Ogun East in the National Assembly,
Buruji Kashamu, is his political godfather.
This is as former National Vice Chairman (South- South ),
Dr. Cairo Ojougboh, has predicted that PDP would come
out stronger after its present crisis. There have been media
reports that the leadership crisis in PDP was because of
Kashamu who have been nudging Sheriff to keep on laying
claim to the party’ s leadership.
But Sheriff, in a statement yesterday by his media aide,
Inuwa Bwala, described it as a smear campaign and urged
PDP loyalists to work towards finding lasting solution to the
crisis in the party.
“While it remains obvious that the said report was part of
the mischief and orchestrated smear campaigns embarked
upon by some people against the National Chairman, we
wish to state for the avoidance of doubt that, he has no
godfather in politics and Senator Buruji Kashamu could not
have been one.
“It is becoming clearer that the PDP National Chairman’s
critics have run out of ideas on how to achieve their selfish
agenda, hence the resort to blackmail and blatant falsehood
in order to distract Sheriff from manifesting his capacity to
reposition the PDP,” the statement noted.
A correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN )
who visited the party ’s national secretariat yesterday
reports that its entrance was still locked and manned by men
of the Nigeria Police. As at 2 p.m, the time of visit, no
fewer than 10 police officers were seen within and outside
the secretariat. A police Hilux vehicle from Wuse Division,
marked NPF 6684 C, was used to block the access road to
However, few members of staff of the secretariat were seen
hanging around under trees, nursing the hope of having the
office reopened soon.
Armed police officers had, on May 22, blocked all the
entrance gates to the secretariat, preventing human and
vehicular movements to the facility. The action, according
to the police, was to prevent crisis from springing up
following the party ’s May 21 national convention held in