- Victor Osehobo, Benin City
Unless the PDP puts its house in order, the ruling APC Federal government in Nigeria will continue to ride roughshod on the intelligence of Nigerians, without any criticism of its programmes and policies.
The PDP member representing Esan Northeast/Esan Northeast federal constituency Hon Sergius Oseasotie Ogun who stated this at Ugboha in Edo state said the PDP must put its house in order for the sake of providing a viable opposition party to checkmate what he described as ‘excesses’ of the ruling APC.
“As you and I know,things are not working right in this country, when was the last time did you hear someone speak as a united PDP? Nobody. So I will plead with him (Modu Sheriff) that if people offended him, we say sorry and for the sake of Nigeria,let’s have a strong opposition party appealed for understanding just as he called for a united opposition party in the country”.
The lawmaker said he was worried at Modu Sheriff’s attitude to resolving the crisis adding that leaders of the party from the National Assembly caucus to the Board of trustees have reached out to him to no avail”.
“I want to say the least I can’t say I am worried,I was a member of the convention committee, I was there at Port Harcourt and when we returned back from the convention to Abuja, the minority leader in the house of Representative called some of us to go and see Alhaji Ahmadu Sheriff to plead with him that the party is supreme, that he should put the party first, that if we have offended him as a person ,we are coming on behalf of the PDP caucus in the house to ask for your forgiveness”.
Furthermore he said, “Ahmadu complained of the injunctions that came and others saying that was the reason he stopped the Port Harcourt convention, he now told us that the governors have immunity ,that he doesn’t have, that he can be arrested, so he needs to obey the court orders, so we now pleaded that for whatever happened he should forgive us in the interest of the party”.
“We left and regrouped that same evening to see Prof. Jerry Gana in his place to also let him know that we have met with Ahmadu Sheriff so that the supremacy of the party can prevail. So the next day,the BoT of the party meet with the caretaker committee,then it was resolved that the stakeholders are ready to work with the caretaker committee”.
“In that meeting it was also resolved that some of our leaders, should get in touch with Ahmadu Sheriff and his people and it was later reported back that they couldn’t reach him, so I was surprised when I saw in the papers that Ahmadu Sheriff said nobody reached him,that wasn’t correct. I personally was in his house alongside other caucus members.”