PDP governors: ‘We have confidence in Sheriff’ | Jonathan’s ministers: ‘Expect a mass exodus’

The Peoples Democratic Party’s Governors Forum, on Wednesday, have expressed full confidence in the new National Chairman of the party, Ali Modu Sheriff.

The forum made this known in a statement released by the Coordinator, Osaro Onaiwu.

The statement said that after careful deliberation and consideration, the choice of Sheriff, who is an ex governor and senator, comes at a good time, considering his vast experience.

“Sheriff is coming on the job with immense wealth of experience and will, no doubt, use his vast network to rebuild the party. He will restore members’ confidence and act as a counterforce to the many antics of the present APC regime.”

The governors further urged Sheriff to “shun all diversionary tactics that might be thrown at you and concentrate on how to bring all aggrieved party members together; as well as fashion out ways to woo new members, especially the youths.”

“The forum is solidly behind you and will deploy its support to ensure that the shared vision for our party is realised as we prepare for 2019.”

The governors further stated that the perilous situation in the country was an opportunity for the new party leadership to prove that PDP, as a national party, is the only party that can reunite Nigeria.

Ali Modu Sheriff, a former governor of Boko Haram-ravaged Borno state, was on Tuesday elected the chairman on Nigeria’s former ruling party, now main opposition.

Meanwhile, some ministers who served in the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan, have threatened to leave the PDP if Sheriff is allowed to remain as national chairman of the party.

The former ministers said the imposition of Sheriff on the PDP would portray to Nigerians- an unserious party.

Speaking on behalf of the former ministers was a former Minister of National Planning, Dr. Abubakar Suleiman, who said it was evident that the plan to rescue the party had failed.

“Our rescue mission has failed; the redemption boat has capsized and our journey to recovery has come to an end. Whosoever partook in the decision does not mean well for the party and democracy in Nigeria.”

“It is obvious that the fifth columnist has hijacked the party and they are hell-bent on sinking it deeper into irrecoverable level of the pit.”

“Some of us would rather review our membership than subject ourselves to selfish interests of some cabal whose main goal is political profiteering. After all, our umbilical cord is not tied to any party.”

“Some people will go to the APC while some will form their own political party if they so desire. Sheriff’s emergence is a setback for the party trying to build its image. Credible members and younger ones are going to leave the party.”

“If his emergence is not reversed in the next one week, there could be massive exodus from the party.””

“For several times, he has been identified with the issue of Boko Haram, though he has yet to be indicted. But perception matters a lot. We can’t be defending that toga now. We don’t have such time. Remember also that he has problem with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. Such a man shouldn’t be asked to lead a party that is trying to regain power.”

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