The National Chairman of a faction within the Peoples Democratic Party, Ali Modu Sheriff, on Friday, said the leadership crisis currently rocking the former ruling party might extend into 2019 which is an election year.
The embattled chairman noted that Nigerian courts may not be able to restore normalcy to the beleaguered party.
Sheriff, who stated this while speaking at a press confence in Abuja, also said that he isn’t the factional chairman of the PDP but the rightful chairman of the PDP.
He was represented at the conference by the factional deputy chairman of the party, Cairo Ojugboh, who said, “There’s no faction in the party. Stop calling Sheriff factional chairman. The National Working Committee is one. The reason is that, the court said that it is only Sheriff that can sign and submit names of candidates for Edo and Ondo states’ elections.”
“We are now appealing to the leaders of the party and its governors to cooperate with Sheriff so that he can organise a proper convention to return power to the people.”
“The court cases won’t end until 2019. The court may therefore not be able to solve the crisis. So we need political solution to end the crisis.”
“Justice Abang has said there’s no room for caretaker in the party constitution. This is a special appeal to the governors, (and) the leaders to look at the situation passionately and solve the matter.”
“The only way through which the party can solve the problem and for it to move forward is for the people to sit together and solve the problems.”
He said that while Sheriff was ready to make peace, he nevertheless said the party must respect the rule of law.
“Court can’t solve the problems of the party.”
“The earlier they behave well, the better for them. The party won’t rely on the governors for funds and all that anymore. We don’t need their money. The corruption issue we are having is because governors were bringing money to run party.”
“We don’t need the governors’ money to run the party again.”