…Pass vote of confidence on Jibrin
Members of the Board of Trustees, BoT, of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, yesterday gave reasons why they recanted on their opposition to the emergence of Senator Ali Modu Sheriff as the new chairman of the party.
In a communiqué issued at the end of their meeting at Legacy House, Abuja, the BoT said “in spite of the initial position taken by the BOT, its desire to ensure the unity, cohesion and future successes of the party has necessitated a review of its earlier position.
The communiqué which was signed by Senator Ibrahim Mantu in his capacity as chairman of the communiqué drafting committee, the BoT said “consequently, it resolved to adopt the decisions taken at the Stakeholders meeting where Modu Sheriff was given three months to organize national convention for election of new officers.
It however, urges the full and sincere implementation of all the decisions and programmes agreed upon at the stakeholders meeting of Tuesday February, 23.
“The BOT reviewed the commitment made on its behalf at the stakeholders meeting, which was convened by Deputy President of the Senate, Senator lke Ekweremadu, which resolved that Senator Ali Modu Sheriff who was elected by NEC at its last meeting, be allowed three months tenure within which period Congresses and National Convention will hold to elect new leaders of the party at all levels.
“In this regard, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff and all current members of the National Working Committee must vacate their positions to give way to new leadership within the three months time frame.”
The BoT also reaffirmed its “full confidence in our acting Chairman Sen. Walid Jubrin.”
They also appealed to their teeming members and supporters worldwide to remain steadfast “as our capacity to reposition the party positively is unquestionable.”
…members slam BoT, gives Sheriff March 31 deadline
Meanwhile, some members of the party under the aegis of Restart PDP Project, RPP, has accused members of the Board of Trustees, BOT, of corruption over their sudden approval and support of Senator Ali Modu Sheriff as Chairman of the Party, accusing them of corruption and impunity which they described as the bane of the party.
RPP is vexed by how within the space of eight hours after a decision to reject the appointment of Sheriff, the BOT swiftly had a change of heart, endorsing the selection of the former Borno State Governor as Chairman of the Party.
In a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Chief Jackson Ude and signed by its Conveners, Engineer Emmanuel Nwosu Butches and Hon. Denis Ukpabio, the group noted that such impunity, corruption and wanton disregard of the overall interest of the Party can no longer be tolerated and consequently gave Senator Sheriff one month ultimatum within which to relinquish power or face dare consequences.
RPP with members drawn from 36 states of Nigeria after a crucial meeting in Abuja yesterday, condemned in strongest terms what they described as, “the decision of the summersault and volte face of Senator Walid Jibrin’s BOT decision to back Senator Ali Modu Sheriff as Chairman of the PDP” stressing that it is unfortunate that such high level of party leaders who represent the conscience of the Party could be swayed over the proverbial plate of porridge offered to them by Sheriff who they described a serial decampee who has no reputation to lead PDP.
They further stressed that “the action of Senator Jibril and his lackey in the BOT is unbridled with high dose of impunity, imposition, corruption, wanton disregard to the overall interest of the party” maintaining that the decision of the BOT is at best nauseating.
They also alleged that it is on record that Senator Ali Modu Sheriff remains a serial defector and his continuous membership and Chairmanship of the PDP will make the party remain a dumping ground of political rejects, insisting that Senator Sheriff has brought his political brigandage to the party by openly threatening a member of the party. “He is not known to be a democrat they stated, “he is simply a political passerby in PDP whose credentials reeks of bad odour that will pollute the fresh air needed to revive the political fortunes of PDP”.
“For openly threatening Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, Senator Sheriff has demonstrated his undemocratic characteristics of intolerance to political opinion. Such behaviour is alien to the PDP founders and its members worldwide and must not be accepted. The character and personality needed for a Chairman of PDP must be unimpeachable, humane, broadminded and acceptable. Senator Sheriff is not an acceptable leader for the PDP and any attempt to continue to foist him on the Party will spell doom. He must not stay one minute more than March 31, 2016 midnight. If he dares imbibe the evil spirit of tenure elongation, he must be ready to bear the consequences of such unconstitutional action.
While commending all members and caucuses especially the members of the PDP Ministers who have shown leadership, commitment and dedication to reviving our great party. The party members commended those they claimed have shown genuine sincerity and commitment to the cause of the genuine reform of the Party as well as those who have genuinely stood against and remained unwavering in their condemnation and rejection of the imposition of Senator Sheriff.
“While we await and expect Senator Sheriff to do the needful come March 31, 2016, we equally expect members of the National Working Committee, NWC, who are gradually emerging emperors in Wadata House, to honourably leave the party by March 31, 2016. We will use all weapons within our disposal to make their continuous stay unbearable if they fail to toe the path of honour by quitting”
Leaders of the group who attended the emergency meeting includes: Eng. Emmanuel Nwosu Butches, Convener, Hon. Dennis Ukpabio, Co-Convener, Chief Jackson Ude, National Publicity Secretary, Galadimawa Ibrahim, Leader, Mrs. Adebayo Adeyinka and Chief Chuks Eze.