…I will not stay beyond May 21- Sheriff
By Samuel Ogidan
Crisis is brewing within the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), as the Board of Trustees (BoT) of the party has warned it’s National Chairman, Ali Modu Sheriff not to stay beyond May 21 deadline given to him by the national leadership of the party.
Some interested party chieftains are already drumming support indirectly for Sheriff to stay beyond May 21, even though they did not come out openly.
This came to fore when the PDP former governors, the South-West chapter, the Yobe group and others have all acknowledged Sheriff’s ability to take the party beyond its present level.
Briefing newsmen in Abuja on Tuesday, Acting Chairman of PDP BoT, Sen. Walid Jibrin said that staying beyond the stipulated time of three months tenure by Sheriff is an invitation to trouble, anarchy and the return of impunity in the party.
The BoT Chairman advised the party Chairman to respect his oath and acceptance of the powerful organs of the PDP that he would stay for only three months, and allow his name to be written in gold by honourably leaving the scene in May after the convention.
Jibrin also warned against subverting the zoning arrangement of Senator Ike Ekweremadu’s post election Review Committee, where the presidency was zoned to the North in the coming 2019 general elections.
He said: “I want to offer some advice to PDP National Chairman, Senator Modu Sherif on the consequences of the evil machinations of praise singers and prophets of doom on the unanimous approval of the PDP Governors’ Forum; National Causes; BOT: and the NEC terminating his tenure and that of the NWC on the 21th of May 2016.
“The above responsible bodies have approved that the tenure of the national officers will end immediately after the convention when the new officers are duly elected. The present NWC received an overwhelming ovation and admiration at the meeting of the national caucus, BOT and NEC by overlooking their 2017 tenure in support of the 3 months approval of the respected organs of the party which should strictly be complied with.
“Instead of listening to the praise singers, Modu Sherif should follow the path of honour and integrity by simply taking a bow in May 2016 after the national convention.
“The recent courtesy calls to the National Chairman and the and the presentations being made especially calling him to continue beyond the stipulated three months tenure is an invitation to trouble, anarchy and the return of impunity in PDP.
“May I also strongly warn on the dangers of not adhering to the recommendations of Senator Ike Ekweremadu’s post election Review Committee (2015) that the party should seek its 2019 presidential candidate from the North of Nigeria to compensate for the obvious violation of the zoning arrangement in the 2011 election which led to a major apathy against the party in the north from 2011 culminating in the poor performance of the party in 2015 elections.
“The National Caucus, BOT, and NEC have already approved this recommendation by unanimously zoning 2019 presidency to the North. To change this decision now is a further invitation to impunity, lack of party democracy, non—adherence to party Zoning principles, influence of ‘god fatherism’ lack of respect for the decision of constituted party organs, self-imposition, and killing the PDP.
“Anyone who tries to reverse this position by changing it with another position will ever remain an enemy to the North, a mercenary and killer of PDP.”
The BoT Chairman, however stressed that the board would resist any move by anybody to destroy the party, insisting that Sheriff should
come out with very clear statement to exonerate himself from such devilish plans and maintain his stand on the three months given him by NEC.
Reacting, the PDP National Chairman, Sheriff said he would not overstay the required time given to him.
The Special Assistant on Media to Sheriff, Inua Bwala said, “the PDP National Chairman has consistently stated that he would not spend one day beyond the time he has to serve the party. He has a job to do and he is focused on doing it, to reposition the party and set it on the track of glory.”