Press Conference by Prince Dayo Adeyeye on behalf of the PDP National Caretaker Committee at the Temporary Secretariat, Wuse II, Abuja. March 13, 2017
On the Status of Dr. Cairo Ojugboh
- Dr. Cairo Ojugboh parading himself as Deputy National Chairman is an extreme act of impunity. He was neither elected into the position nor appointed into it by NEC. He was not a member of the NWC that existed prior to May 21, 2016. Reverting to Status Quo Ante prior to May 21, 2016 cannot be a reversion to the NWC that will include Dr. Cairo Ojugboh.
It should be noted that he was one of the most avid opponent of Sheriff on the run-off to the May 21, 2016 National Convention. That was the time Sheriff still enjoyed the support of the majority of the Governors and when it was virtually a fait-accompli that he will be elected Chairman at the Convention. The moment Sheriff was rejected by the Party, Dr. Cairo crossed over to him – showing a complete lack of principle.
The only thing that matters to Dr. Cairo is his own selfish personal interest to be Deputy National Chairman at all cost. If he is offered that position today by the Party, he would not think twice to abandon Sheriff. He has no locus to speak or act on behalf of the Party.
- The National Caretaker Committee has stated severally that it will go anytime that it is required to do so by the organs of the Party. We have no personal agenda or interest and will not stay a day longer than permitted by the critical organs of the Party.
On Alleged N50 Million Monthly Subvention
- This is a lie from the pit of hell and a very cheap and unintelligent attempt at blackmail. It is a known fact by all critical stakeholders of the Party and even the staff that the National Caretaker Committee has from inception been hamstrung by inadequate finance, so much so that simple secretariat duties have been a struggle while we have been unable to pay staff salaries of just N18 Million a month. Members of the National Caretaker Committee do not enjoy any remuneration. It is a selfless service. It is therefore a figment of his imagination to say that the Governors give the National Caretaker Committee N50 Million monthly. The Governors are all alive and are free to come forward and declare publicly their level of contributions to the National Caretaker Committee since May 21st 2016.
- Be that as it may, we want to say that the Party belongs to all its members – Governors, former Governors, National Assembly Members, former National Assembly Members, Presidents, former President etc. All of them are free to make contribution to its running as it is not a personal empire of anybody or the National Caretaker Committee. There is therefore nothing illegal or untoward in receiving contributions from Party members. Our only regret is that these contributions have not been forthcoming as expected, giving the heavy weight of responsibilities placed before us and especially the burden of having to deal with distractions caused by Senator Sheriff and his cohorts.
- Nevertheless, no matter how little, it is better to be funded by our Party members than by the All Progressive Congress (APC) as is the case with Senator Sheriff and his cohorts. Dr. Cairo should tell us which APC Governor, Minister or official bought Jeeps for them? Governor Fayose has also made a public allegation that Senator Sheriff has received the sum of $1 Million from the APC to organize a new Convention. Senator Sheriff is yet to publicly refute the allegation.
- We accepted President Goodluck Jonathan and the Governor’s comprehensive political solution. It calls for the resignation of Senator Sheriff and the so called NWC and also the National Caretaker Committee to create a level playing field for all, and to build trust among all members. The agreement is then to be submitted to the Supreme Court as the judgment of the Court. These would have provided both political and legal solution to the logjam. But Senator Sheriff rejected it, and continue to insist that he would conduct a National Convention – when he does not enjoy the trust and confidence of the vast majority of Party members. It is therefore very clear who has a personal or hidden agenda. And I dare say, it is Senator Sheriff and not the National Caretaker Committee. The blackmail of Dr. Cairo is too cheap and too simplistic.
- Finally, We want to ask why Senator Sheriff is running away from justice by avoiding service from the Supreme Court. This is very unfair from a man who has been using the Court to further his own selfish ends. He should accept service and face his case squarely, if he believes in the merit of his cause.
Thank you and God bless.