A member of the caretaker committee, and new PDP spokesman Prince Dayo Adeyeye, made the claim at a press briefing in Abuja on Tuesday.
Adeyeye also queried the role played by the police in allowing the trio access to the party's national headquarters, saying the three men, accompanied by three lorry loads of thugs and bandits, invaded the National Secretariat as early as 6:00 a.m.
"However, later on without any justification whatsoever, Sheriff and the other renegades were allowed to gain entry into the Secretariat, where they later proceeded to address a press conference,” he recalled.
"While we are still trying to understand the role of the police in the entire saga, it is curious that the police made no arrest of the thugs who openly brandished various dangerous weapons in and around the premises of the secretariat in the full glare of the police.”
According to him, the police claimed to be acting on 'Orders from above' in allowing Sheriff and his cohorts to gain entry into the Secretariat, querying who was the authority that issued that order.
"What we are however very certain about is that Sheriff and his fellow renegades are being used by the enemies of the PDP to destroy the party and to prevent it from reorganising itself, so as to provide a credible opposition and alternative platform for the forthcoming Edo State Gubernatorial election and 2019 elections.”
Adeyeye said the PDP had what he called "credible intelligence that Sheriff had a meeting on Sunday night with an APC governor from West," where he alleged that it was agreed that he would be given full security and financial support to exacerbate the crisis in the PDP with the objective of preventing the PDP from presenting a candidate for the Edo governorship elections, or at the very least to prevent the PDP from offering a serious challenge to APC."