The long-drawn battle between the former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff and members of the National Caretaker Committee appointed by the National Convention of the party is being fuelled by some high profile members of the party who have been secretly supporting the embattled former chairman.
Discreet investigation by our correspondents revealed that some of the PDP chieftains that are secretly nudging Modu Sheriff to continue with the battle have been playing a double game as they also wine with members of the caretaker Committee in the day.
Some chieftains of the PDP like Senator Kashamu Buruji, who is battling to stall possible extradition to the United States of America over drug-related offense; Dr. Cairo Ojougboh who lost his position as National Vice Chairman (South South) during the Port Harcourt Convention; Senator Hope Uzodinma, Hon. Ahmed Gulak and the former National Secretary, Prof Adewale Oladipo are not pretentious of their support for Modu Sheriff and openly identify with him.
Our check reveals that the family of one of the former National Chairmen of PDP, Senator Ahmadu Ali is divided between Modu Sheriff and the National Caretaker Committee. While Ahmadu Ali is on the side of Senator Ahmed Makarfi, his wife, Dr. Mariam Ali is one of the secret backers of Modu Sheriff.
Mrs. Ali has been desperate to go to the Senate since the tenure of her husband as the National Chairman but the ambition has hit the rock severally. Though her husband is from Kogi state, the lady who is from Delta North has been contesting for the PDP ticket in Delta State. Due to the thin support she can garner even within Delta PDP, she never made it beyond the party primaries.
It was gathered that she threw her lot with Modu Sheriff with the hope that if he is eventually confirmed by the Courts as the authentic National Chairman her ambition to fly the PDP Delta North Senatorial flag will be fait accompli.
Controversial Anambra politician, Chris Uba, who is at logger-head with his elder brother, Senator Andy Uba over the control of the soul of Anambra PDP, long ago pitched his tent with Modu Sheriff for obvious reasons. But since the table appears to be turning against Modu Sheriff in the High and Appeal Courts, the younger Uba is seen less with the embattled claimant of the office of PDP National Chairman.
Another secret backer of Modu Sheriff is the immediate past National Treasurer of PDP, Bala Haruna. Though Bala Haruna is believed by many to be on the side of the National Caretaker Committee, his nocturnal visits to the Gana Street, Maitama, Abuja, office of Modu Sheriff has not gone unnoticed.
Nigeria’s former High Commissioner to the Gambia, Ambassador Eshter Audu is another secret foot soldier of the embattled former governor of Borno State. Ambassador Esther Audu, who was a former chairman of the Abuja Municipal Area Council, was noticed in the video of some PDP chieftains that paid Modu Sheriff a solidarity visit some months ago.
Former National Woman Leader of PDP, Herberta Okonofua, who is from Edo State pitched her tent with Modu Sheriff to actualize her aspiration of becoming the Deputy Governor of Edo State. But the High Court and Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) stopped her midway as they refused to recognize the list sent by Modu Sheriff to the Edo election. Though PDP lost the election, its candidate, Pastor Ize-Iyamu is now in the tribunal over the outcome of the election.
Ms. Herberta Okonofua is one of those praying for Ize-Iyamu to be victorious in the Election tribunal as she is still confident that one day one of the courts will upturn the candidature of Ize-Iyamu like the case between Celestine Omehia and Rotimi Amaechi in Rivers State.
Another secret foot soldier of Modu Sheriff is the former President of the National Council of Women Societies, Ambassador Bolere Ketebu has also been identified as another secret foot soldier of Modu Sheriff. She and few others were at Modu Sheriff’s private office in Maitama, Abuja to pledge their solidarity.