PDP wahala: 13 ex-governor, 14 ex-ministers, others set for show down with Sheriff

Prominent members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are set to wrestle power from the hands of the embattled national chairman of the party, Ali Modu Sheriff, if he insists on continuing in office beyond May 21, 2016.

According to The Nation, a 57-man steering committee, operating under the name Concerned PDP Stakeholders, is setting up to take over the party activity and operate from a separate national secretariat should Sheriff refuse to hand over.

The committee is comprised of 13 ex-governors. They are Gbenga Daniel, Babangida Aliyu, Donald Duke, Attahiru Bafarawa, Mahmud Aliyu Shinkafi, Ahmed Makarfi, Abdulkadir Kure, Achike Udenwa, and Ibrahim Shema.

Three former national chairman of the party and 14 ex-ministers. The former ministers include: Prof. Jerry Gana, Tanimu Kabir Turaki, ABC Nwosu, Dubem Onyia, John Odey, Ojo Maduekwe, Bala Mohammed, Sarafa Ishola, Ibrahim Bunu, Adamu Maina Waziri, Dr. Abubakar Olanrewaju Suleiman, Josephine Anenih, Hajiya Inna Ciroma, and Amb. Tunde Adeniran.

Other leaders of the party that are members of the steering committee are Senators Grace Bent, Florence Ita-Giwa, Zigo Azeez, Amb. Nkoyo Toyo, Mallam Shehu Gabam, Raymond Dokpesi, and Dr. Doyin Okupe.

A member of the steering committee, who spoke to The Nation anonymously said, “When we met on Thursday, we told Nigerians that we will set up a steering committee.

“We have constituted the committee on Saturday (yesterday) and it is in the interest of Sheriff to step down on May 21 or else the party may split into factions.

“The steering committee is to pilot the activities of the party from May 21 pending the election of new executives for PDP.

“The implication is that if Sheriff refuses to step aside, the steering committee may run PDP activities from a new secretariat.”

The former ruling party is expected to hold its national convention on May 21 in Port Harcourt. New leaders of the party are expected to be elected at the convention.

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