The sacked National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Ali Modu Sheriff, has rejected the amnesty extended to him and his loyalists by the party new leadership.
Following Wednesday’s judgment of the Supreme Court that sacked Sheriff and affirmed Senator Ahmed Makarfi as the authentic leader of the PDP, Makarfi had declared amnesty for Sheriff and his loyalists.
According to Makarfi, the party will throw its doors open to all members that opposed his leadership and worked against the collective interest of the party.
But in a reaction on Friday, Sheriff took exceptions to Makarfi’s offer, describing it as reckless.
The ex-PDP chairman said he did not commit any crime against the party to warrant being given amnesty.
In a statement issued by the spokesman of his group, Mr. Bernard Mikko, Sheriff insisted that he was validly elected as chairman of the party in 2016.
The statement said: “I take exceptions to the reckless statement credited to Prince Dayo Adeyeye suggesting the granting of amnesty to Sen Ali Modu Sheriff, his National Working Committee and supporters.
“Amnesty is a reprieve for those who have committed offence under our statutes. We did not occupy the office illegally or committed any offence. Sen. Ali Modu Sheriff was validly elected and was forced to vacate the National Secretariat after a joint meeting of the contending camps with the Inspector General of Police in the wake of thuggery attacks in the heat of conflicting court pronouncements.
“However, the office was officially re-opened for us after we presented the Certified True Copy (CTC) of the judgement of Court of Appeal, Port Harcourt division, to the Inspector General of Police.
“I am therefore concerned about the future of our party in the hands of some of those who are known to have pending criminal cases bordering on fraud, treasury looting and dishonesty with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
“The Supreme Court of Nigeria is the highest court in our land and we await the copy of the full judgement delivered on July 12, 2017.
“No one owns the party and those making unguarded and reckless statements in the public domain should realise that the solution to the problem of Nigeria is beyond any political association. Unacceptable and unjustifiable means cannot lead to a justifiable and acceptable end.”