Ali Modu Sheriff bows to pressure, promises to step down at stipulated time

Former governor of Borno state and now national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Ali Modu Sheriff has allayed fears about his appointment as party leader and promised to step down when the time comes.

Sheriff was appointed as the chairman of the party on Tuesday, February 16 following a meeting of PDP governors and some key stakeholders.

However, his appointment turned out to be largely controversial as several key figures in the party vehemently kicked against his chairmanship with some alleging that he has links to the deadly Boko Haram terrorists.

The PDP Board of Trustees in lieu of the protest, met and decided that Sheriff would be allowed to use 3 months in office as the chairman, during which he would convey a national convention for all party stakeholders.

Sheriff, in a show of good faith, has stated that he will not remain in the chairmanship position past the allotted time given to him.

The former governor revealed this when the forum of former PDP members in the House of Representatives paid him a courtesy visit at the party’s national headquarters in Abuja on Monday, February 29.

In addition, Sheriff promised that no candidate would be imposed on the party while revealing that the National Working Committee would upon extensive consultation release programmes for a national convention.

“I, Ali Modu Sheriff, a man of character and integrity, one, who would live up to expectation and his promises, hereby announce to the world that under no circumstances would I stay in office beyond the period prescribed by the constitution of our party, the PDP.”

“In the light of the above, therefore, I will announce the Convention Congress Planning Committee after due consultation with all organs of the party within few days from today and I assure all faithful members of the party that I would do everything within my powers to ensure that I complete the processes of congress before the expiration of my time in office.”

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