Senator Ali Modu Sheriff
Reinstated national chairman of Peoples Democratic Party, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, says, if need be, he is ready to relinquish his office for peace to reign in the party.
Sheriff was restored to the chairmanship post on Friday by the Court of Appeal, amid controversy.
At a news conference yesterday in Abuja, he dismissed the rejection of his court-ordered reinstatement by some key stakeholders of the party, stressing that he has commenced broad consultations aimed at restoring peace and unity in the PDP.
Meanwhile, a stakeholders’ meeting has been called for tomorrow by chairman of the PDP national caretaker committee, Senator Ahmed Makarfi.
The committee was appointed during the contentious national convention of May 21 last year in Port Harcourt to oversee the affairs of the party after Sheriff’s ouster.
The notice of the meeting circulated yesterday, signed by the national publicity secretary of the committee, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, said it would discuss “crucial party matters.”
It is widely believed that the decision of the appeal court, which went against the Makarfi leadership, would be a key subject at the meeting scheduled for 2pm at the International Conference Centre, Abuja.
Those invited include members of the National Executive Committee, members of the Board of Trustees, National Assembly members, former governors of PDP, former ministers under the platform of the PDP, former National Assembly members, and party elders.
Sheriff won a major victory on Friday in the protracted leadership tussle in the PDP, which broke out after his removal at the Port Harcourt convention. Despite the victory, he said he would pursue peaceful measures aimed at reunifying the party.
“I have been consulting with leaders of the party,” Sheriff told the press conference. “From Monday, I will consult our members in the National Assembly; I will consult the BoT and everybody so that we can work together. I can assure you that within the shortest time possible, we will organise a successful national convention so that people can aspire for whatever positions they want to.”
He said, “I am determined to make my honest contributions to the success of this party. I am ready to make any sacrifice for the success of this party. We don’t want PDP to lose elections again. We need people to patronise our party. Democracy is about people, you either give them their right or they leave. What we are trying to do is to give the party back to the people.”
Sheriff dismissed the statement by the chairman of PDP Governors Forum, Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose, which condemned the appeal court verdict, saying it is a personal opinion that does not represent the position of the governors.
The former governor of Borno State said, though, he had confidence in the country’s judiciary, litigation was not the best way to settle the disputes in the party. He urged those making “misguided statements on the integrity of our judges to desist from doing so.”
Regarding the appeal court ruling in his favour, he said, “I want to assure that nobody is victor and no one is a loser. In fact, I have spoken to almost all the people that are affected by the court decision and assured them of my readiness to work with them to ensure that the party returns as one family.”
Sheriff expelled the hints in some quarter that he was working for the APC and President Muhammadu Buhari. The previous representative said from the precursors of those making the assertions, the general population could decode reality.
He stated, “I don’t trust each one of those hints that were being hawked around. Each one of those that are stating that the APC are in charge of the PDP emergency may have something to stow away.”
Sheriff denied reports that he had made trashing remarks about Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State and Fayose, saying, “This is the main I am putting forth any expression as far back as the Port Harcourt court profession, yet I have seen numerous things on the Internet indicated to have been said by me against a few pioneers of the gathering
“I think individuals ought to regard themselves, they ought not exacerbate the issues for the gathering.”
As a sign of his dedication to peace, Sheriff said he would hold a meeting with individuals from the compromise council headed by Governor Sirieka Dickson of Bayelsa State.
As per him, “The judgment of the Port Harcourt Court of Appeal on Friday does not call for happiness or grieving. In my genuine view, there was no victor and no vanquished.
“I see the judgment as a brilliant open door for a true restoration of our feeling of solidarity and society. Most likely, we have come a long and convoluted street wherein a few of us have been wounded or completely injured and are harming. I see additionally that for a few of us, our conscience has been upset.
“However, I set out say that we can put the majority of that behind us and meet up in unanimous agreement and move our extraordinary gathering, the PDP, forward.
“Every one of us are champs, Sheriff is not the victor and Makarfi is not the washout. I host got calls from our gathering pioneers, the governors and individuals from the National Assembly.
“It is not about me or any aspiration; it is about the survival of our incredible gathering. On this score. I can guarantee you that I should will to make any give up that can ensure peace in our gathering.”
He proceeded with, “today I have addressed Governor Dickson, who is the administrator of the peace board, and previous Deputy Senate President Ibrahim Mantu on the improvement and how to get back the peace procedure on track. Court has made its proclamation, right, yet what is critical is the means by which we continue to sort out our fruitful tradition. Above all else I should make discussions with every one of the pioneers of the gathering.”
Sheriff expressed that his initiative will move to revive the gathering’s national secretariat, which has been bolted by the police taking after conflicts by the two groups of the gathering. He said he would seek after the matter in court this week.
In a related improvement, the young wing of PDP in the South-east has rejected the judgment of the Court of Appeal that restored Sheriff as national director of the gathering. The South-east zonal youth pioneer of the gathering, Comrade Chidiebere Goodluck Egwu, said the adolescent of the zone would not perceive Sheriff as national executive of PDP. Egwu said despite everything they perceived the Makarfi initiative, focusing on that they are idealistic that the Supreme Court would set aside the judgment of the interest court.
“We, the South-east PDP youth, remain with Alhaji Ahmed Markafi, PDP guardian national administrator,” the adolescent pioneer said.