Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose has said the former chairman
of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ali Modu Sheriff-led
National Working Committee (NWC) of the party was dissolved and
caretaker committee appointed at the last Saturday National Convention
held in Port-Harcourt, Rivers State to save the party.
The governor said even though he was one of those who supported the
former chairman, he had no option than to support his removal so as
to forestall disintegration of the party, adding that; “We cannot
sacrifice the party for any individual.”
Special Assistant to the governor on Public Communications and New
Media, Lere Olayinka, in a release issued in Ado-Ekiti on Monday,
urged Sheriff to accept his removal in good faith and join others to
build the party.
The governor said; “I supported Senator Ali Modu Sheriff in good
conscience. But when it became obvious that his continuous stay in
office as the National Chairman will jeopardise the collective
interest of the party, I had no option than to support his removal.
“To me, the general interest of the party overrides that of any
individual and there is no how I can stand in support of any plan to
sacrifice the party for any individual.
“Anyone whose ambition threatens the collective interest of the party
should be removed to save the party and that’s exactly what we have
“I therefore urge Senator Ali Modu Sheriff to accept the dissolution
of the NWC and appointment of the Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led Caretaker
Committee in good faith and cooperate with other well-meaning members
of the party to reposition it so as to achieve the much needed
electoral victory in 2019.
“To Sheriff and other well-meaning members of the party, what should
be important is the party and not the individual and no sacrifice
should be too much for anyone to make for the party at this time.”