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PDP Leadership Tussle: I’ll Quit As Chairman After Convention – Sheriff




By Philips Sunday

Abuja, (AN24) – The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, has vowed to step down from his position after the national convention of the party, where new officers will be elected for the opposition party.

Sheriff made this pledge on Wednesday, February 22 in Abuja when he received members of the party from the South-West.

The PDP National Chairman who warned governors, elected on the platform of the PDP, not to divide the party, stressed that he was ready to leave office as “soon as a national convention is held and new national officers are produced.”

Sheriff’s guests were led by the zonal and state officials of the party from the six states in the geopolitical zone, except Lagos State.

Five chairmen of the party in five states in the zone – Hakeem Taiwo (Oyo); Ajayi Williams (Ekiti); Soji Adagunodo (Osun); Biyi Poroye (Ondo); and Adebayo Dayo (Ogun) – were on the entourage.

The former Borno state governor pledged to leave office after the election of officials, who, he said, must be the choice of the people.

According to him, “Ali Modu Sheriff is not here to remain as national chairman. As soon as we hold our national convention, I’m leaving.

“I will make sure that we do a credible convention and we elect leaders that are accepted by the grass roots; that is our mission. I will do that by the grace of God.

“I plead in the name of God, let’s bring peace to the PDP. Let us build this party. If you like and you want to change something, wait for the convention and vote for the person you like and Nigerians and the world will see that you’re are validly elected by the PDP. He said.

Speaking on the role of the governors in rebuilding the opposition party Sheriff said: “Yes, our governors are very important; they are leaders of this party in their own right. They don’t have to divide the party.

“I will not come down to the level of Fayose. I beg him to respect the PDP; whatever he said about me, posterity will judge him. He should devote more energy and time for the rebuilding of the PDP.”

“People can vent their anger and say what they want but as a leader and a father to all, I want to make sure the party is united.

“I have no issue to take with anybody. My task is to reposition the PDP and bring it back to its position in 1999,” Sheriff stated.

On reopening of the PDP National Secretariat in Abuja Sheriff said:  “Between now and Friday, we will move back to the secretariat. We have transmitted all the legal documents to police and the Department of State Services that intervened at some point in time to avoid chaos.”

Speaking on Markafi’s plans to go to the Supreme Court, Sheriff stressed that there was an agreement between him and the Makarfi faction not to go to the Supreme Court after the appeal court judgment.

In his words, “Makarfi and I resolved that whatever was the outcome of the appeal court that we will not destroy our party; that once we get the judgment from the court of appeal that, it would be the final judgment for everybody.

“We spoke to all Nigerians about this; it is on record. But all the same, everybody has the right to do what he wants to do. But it is good to place on record that we had an agreement,” the PDP National Chairman opined.

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