Some lawmakers of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) have threatened to dump party if Ali Modu Sheriff, a former governor of Borno State is not removed as the party chairman.
Sheriff was appointed as the new party chairman on Tuesday, February 16 to replace the former chairman, Adamu Mu’azu, who resigned after 2015 general elections.
Nigerian Tribune reported that at least 20 senators have indicated would dump the party if Sheriff continues as its chairman. It has also been gathered that about 50 members of the House of Representatives, who opposed to the appointment of Sheriff are already in talks about their next line of action and may pitch their tent with the ruling party, All Progressives Congress (APC) or the Labour Party.
Insiders claims Sheiff was imposed on the party by the inner caucus of the party and has angered many members of the PDP who has reacted to the appointment in several amazing ways.
It was reported that former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ojo Madueke walked out of the National Executive Committee (NEC) when it became obvious that Ali Sheriff was being imposed on the party.
Femi Fani Kayode was also reported to have called on members to pray for the party, when he heard that the former governor was selected as the party’s chairman
Spokesperson of former President Jonathan, Doyin Okupe, took to his Facebook page yesterday to air his view on the appointment of Ali Modu Sheriff as PDP Chairman. He called it “a wrong choice, coming at the wrong time.”
“The capability of our party, the PDP and its leadership to make grave errors of judgement is legendary. What is intriguing is that even out of power that tendency seems unabating. Alhaji Ali Sheriff is a longstanding political associate of mine and a very adroit and astute politician of perhaps a sublime class.
“But for the post of the National Chairman of the PDP, he is a wrong candidate and also coming in at a wrong time. According to many of his proponents, his strong point is that being a man of great financial resources he will be favourably disposed to funding the activities of the party easily.
“But the antagonists believe that he is bringing along with his wealth a crushing weight of burden capable of fatally destroying the few strands of moral fibers on which a rejuvenation will depend on. For a morosed and severely prostrate political party, thanks to the overwhelming and effective propaganda machinery of the (opposition) party in power, this may yet be the mortal wound that may cause the eventual heamorrage of its long perplexed follower-ship.
“The present crop of leadership of the PDP have not fared well. Impunity, presumptive reasoning, highly stratified and restrictive consultative processes, absolute lack of inclusiveness, mercantilism, group conceit with a resultant total disconnect with the main stake holders and the follower ship are some of the florid signs and symptoms of the terminal disease that is killing this erstwhile great party. Some of us have vowed not to leave the party. We still will not leave the party. Better still in spite of the present situation of things we will continue to engage all who care to listen and deepen consultation across the country seeking help from everyone ready to help to revive this severely challenged sickened giant. But if it is the divine will of God that our present masters must kill PDP, then by the Grace of God we shall yet tarry at the graveside to bid it farewell.”
Sheriff has however, vowed to lead the party to regain its control of the federal government in 2019. Speaking on Wednesday in Umuahia, the Abia State capital the new chairman said nothing would stop the party from ousting the current All Progressive Congress’ administration come 2019.