SHERIFF: I Won’t Sacrifice My Political Aspirations For Reconciliation


Factional National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ali Modu Sheriff, vowed on Friday that he will not  sacrifice his political interest and followers on the altar of reconciliation with the Ahmed Makarfi-led Caretaker Committee.

He also blamed former President Goodluck Jonathan for causing the party to lose the last elections in Yobe and Borno States to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Speaking on the performance of the PDP during the 2015 general election, Sheriff regretted that if former President Goodluck Jonathan had taken his advice and implemented it religiously, the party would not have lost elections in Borno and Yobe states.

Sheriff’s position came just as his kinsmen from the north-east met in Abuja under auspices of the zonal caucus to appraise the zoning arrangement ahead of the PDP national convention.

At the meeting of the north-east caucus, which had in attendance governors of Gombe, Ibrahim Dankwanbo, and Dairus Ishiaku of Taraba state, sought to articulate a position that will help in resolving the leadership crisis rocking the party.

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The former Borno State governor insisted on the postponement of Wednesday’s national convention slated for Port Harcourt and the removal of Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, as chairman of the convention committee.

However, the chairman of the PDP Board of Trustees (BoT), Senator Walid Jibrin, told The Nation that the BoT was still awaiting the report of the reconciliation committee.

“The committee members have been working day and night and they have met with the various stakeholders, including Ali Modu Sheriff. I cannot say much on this matter until I receive the committee’s report.” Jibrin said on phone.

Sheriff confirmed meeting with the Prof. Jerry Gana-led reconciliation committee but said their talks are still ongoing.

He was adamant on the postponement of the convention  and the removal of Wike as chairman of the committee.

Besides, he asked for a definite role for himself in the planning of the convention at an appropriate time.