- Ali-Modu Sheriff promises never to seek re-election at a proposed PDP convention
- He’s working for APC-Fayose alleges
The Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has alleged that the legal national chairman of the crisis-ridden Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Ali Modu Sheriff, is working for the All Progressive Congress (APC).
“I am speaking for myself and the entire people of Ekiti State that I represent; we won’t be part of any PDP convention sponsored by the APC and I must state categorically that Sheriff is being sponsored 100 percent by the APC.
“We therefore remain undaunted in our support for the Markafi committee and its decision to approach the Supreme Court to challenge the Appeal Court, Port-Harcourt judgment,” Mr. Fayose said.
His allegation came at a time a reconciliation committee led by Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, submitted its report.
Part of the recommendations of the committee is for Mr. Sheriff to conduct a convention within six months, which is believed to be one of the ways to resolve the lingering crisis in PDP.
But Mr. Fayose, who is also the Chairman of Governors’ Forum under the umbrella of PDP vowed not to be part of any convention organised by the Ali Sheriff faction.
Ali-Modu Sheriff promises never to seek re-election at a proposed convention
New party leaders are expected to emerge at the proposed convention, while Mr. Sheriff has promised not to seek the position of party chairman again.
While Mr. Sheriff was declared party chairman by the Court of Appeal, another PDP faction led by Ahmed Makarfi is supported by Mr. Fayose and other governors of the party.
Mr. Fayose, who spoke through his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, alleged that “There cannot be any meaningful reconciliation with an impossible character like Senator Ali Modu Sheriff who is obviously working for political interests different from that of the PDP.”
The governor alleged that over $1 million had been provided by the APC to fund the convention being planned by the Sheriff group while adequate security will also be provided by the security agencies that are now more like part of the APC; “This is being done so as to sustain the party’s plot to turn Nigeria to a one party State.”
One of Nigeria’s investigative online media, PREMIUM TIMES quoted the governor as saying, “all constitutionally recognised organs of the party, including staff of the national secretariat are with the Makarfi led Caretaker Committee and since political party is about membership, Sheriff will continue to carry with himself the burden of lack of legitimacy.”
Mr. Fayose said he had no issue with his Bayelsa State counterpart, “I respect Governor Dickson, he is my brother and he is entitled to his own personal opinion just as I am entitled to mine. But I must state it categorically that no genuine lover of the PDP will take part in a convention sponsored by the APC.”
“Assuming but not conceding that the report is acceptable, can Sheriff even implement it? Where will he find seven serving governors, seven former ministers?” the Ekiti State governor asked.
Governor Fayose said that no meaningful reconciliation can be done with Senator Sheriff, “With APC calling for support for Sheriff, it should be clear to all genuine lovers of the PDP who are behind the crisis in the party.”