PDP Crisis Deepens As State Chairmen Break into Two Factions
The state chairmen of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who were formally unified as a forum have finally and formally broken into two factions in a move that deepens the chasm in the party.
This follows the dispute at national level which has the party divided along the lines of Senator Ali Modu Sheriff and Senator Ahmed Makarfi.
This was evidenced in the FCT Abuja as both camps of state chairmen held parallel meetings in Abuja on Wednesday.
One faction is said to comprise of 22 members and is loyal and declared their support for Sheriff and met at the party’s national secretariat with him while the other faction from 26 states declared their support for Makarfi and met at Valencia Hotel.
The Makarfi faction meeting was led by Paul Ebong Ekpo, the chairman of the Akwa Ibom State chapter while the other faction was presided over by Yunusa Suleiman, chairman of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) PDP.
After the meeting, Ekpo addressed the media stating that the meeting is in tune with the efforts of the reconciliation committee headed by Governor Seriake Dickson.
He also stated that the forum objected to the manner of their colleagues who used the name of the forum to convene a meeting on March 17, 2017.
He also alleged that the names of chairmen and their signatures were forged as attendees for that particular meeting even as he said he supports whatever action the forum members want to take to protect themselves.