PDP Crisis: Sheriff vows not to meet Jonathan again

The plan by elders of the People’s Democratic Party to broker peace among warring factions has reached another deadlock; this time, Ali Modu Sheriff, chariman of the PDP, has expressed his disinterest in meeting with former president, Goodluck Jonathan.

Sheriff also said he is no longer interested in any forum that seeks to mend broken bridges in the party. He also noted that his reason for not wanting to meet with Jonathan is due to the former president’s inability to follow the recommendations made by the reconciliatory committee.

Sheriff said that the last forum that was organised to restore peace within the party was an insult to his office as he was not properly acknowledge.

He also said that he would not involve himself either directly or by proxy to the 40-man committee Jonathan had promised to set up in order to organise a reconciliation in the party.

“We will never attend any peace meeting to be called by the former President on reconciliation anymore. No. Never! We won’t go there. We are no longer interested in such reconciliation.

“We will not attend any other meeting to be called by him. We would cut off every leprous hand in the party. The former President can only chair a committee on his private foundation, not that of the PDP when we have a national chairman.

“We are not happy with the way he handled the failed meeting on Thursday. He did not respect the Court of Appeal judgment which pronounced Sheriff as the national chairman of the party.

“He (Jonathan) has no legal backing to chair PDP Stakeholders’ meeting when we have a sitting chairman. The former President does not have such a right. The failed meeting had scattered all the good works achieved by the Dickson committee.

“We hail our governors, except the duo of Nyesom Wike and Ayodele Fayose of Rivers and Ekiti states respectively, who worked against the meeting.”


Ali Modu Sheriff to be expelled from PDP – Makarfi

The People’s Democratic Party National Chairman, Ali Modu Sheriff, is to be expelled from the party, according to the report of the Strategy Review and Inter-Party Affairs Committee set up by Senator Ahmed Makarfi.

The Review Committee, set up by Sen. Makarfi and presided over by former Minister for Information, Professor Jerry Gana, filed its report on Wednesday, wherein it concluded that Sheriff was found culpable of anti-party activities, requiring his outright expulsion from the PDP.

Others recommended for expulsion in the report are those working with Sheriff in the National Working Committee, including the Deputy National Chairman of the party, Dr. Cairo Ojougboh; National Secretary, Prof. Wale Oladipo; National Auditor, Alhaji Fatai Adeyanju; National Treasurer, Bala Buhari; and the Acting National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Bernard Mikko.

The Committee noted precisely that, “Members viewed with serious concern the activities of the Senator Ali Modu Sheriff group, which centre on anti-party activities.

“Members unanimously suggested that they be expelled from the party through their respective wards.”

Prof. Gana, in company of some members of the committee, made the submission to former National Security Adviser, Lt.-Gen. Mohammed Gusau (retd.), in Abuja on Wednesday in his residence.

Gusau’s described as regrettable the leadership crisis that was rocking the PDP, while asking that loyal members work towards restoring the image of the party, while promising to work towards harmonizing the two warring sides.

Makarfi’s faction of the PDP are reportedly planning to apply the report submitted by the Review Committee in hopes of a favourable judgment at the Supreme Court, where an appeal has been filed against the Court of Appeal, which had earlier ruled in favour of Sheriff as the national chairman of the PDP.