On Monday 22nd February, Senator Ali-Modu Sherif assumed office as National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). In an interview with newsmen in Abuja, Sen. Sheriff denounced calls for his resignation by PDP Rescue Group, stating that he does not have plans to resign his appointment as the chairman of the party.
“The leadership of this party in their wisdom asked me to lead. If the National Executive Council (NEC) of this party collectively asks me to leave, I will leave. I will reposition this party and take it to election within a time frame decided by the leaders of this party to conduct a credible, effective congress that will stand the test of time,” he said.
During a press conference on Sunday, the PDP Rescue Group had asked Sheriff to resign as PDP National Chairman. However, Sheriff made clarification on his appointment contrary to the party’s constitution that for anybody to be appointed or elected as PDP official, he must have spent three years in the party. He said that PDP had earlier granted him a waiver on the matter, adding that he did not regret all the political parties he was part of its formation prior to now, including the All Progressives Congress (APC).
“I was the founding father of the UNCP, and I was also one of the founding fathers of APC. There are issues that I cannot discuss on the pages of newspapers because I am an elder statesman. I am a man of principles and I stand by my principles. The same instruments we used to make APC attractive to all Nigerians, we are going to use it for PDP now.”
Sen. Sheriff added that his assignment was to talk with every founding father of the party and those who had left because they were aggrieved. Earlier during the handover ceremony, Sheriff called for the support of all PDP members and leaders, reassuring that the PDP could still be the largest party in Africa if all members decided to work together. He made APC attractive, he can still do the same magic with PDP.