The newly-appointed National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Alli Modu Sheriff has been given three months to conduct a national convention and hand over to an elected National Chairman. The three months period was given to Senator Sheriff by the PDP on Tuesday. However, the PDP Former Ministers’ Forum which met also on Tuesday rejected Sheriff as National Chairman and harped on the need for a National Convention of the party before March 28 to elect a new National Chairman and other national officers. It will be recalled that Senator Sheriff had, since his adoption last week by the National Executive Council (NEC) of the party, been facing various forms of opposition. The BoT of the PDP had, for
The BoT of the PDP had, for instance risen from a meeting on Monday in Abuja with a declaration that Sheriff was unfit to lead the party. In a dramatic U-turn, the same BoT, through its acting Chairman, Senator Walid Jubrin, said on Tuesday that the board is now on the same page with other organs of the party to stand behind Sheriff in steering the affairs of the party. The decision to offer three months life line to the National Chairman came after a meeting between the PDP Governors’ Forum, the BoT, the NWC and the PDP National Assembly Caucus at Ondo State Governor’s Lodge. The Chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum and Governor of Ondo State,
The Chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum and Governor of Ondo State, Dr Olusegun Mimiko while briefing Journalists after the meeting, said the various organs of the party agreed to work as one family. Mimiko said, “In view of the recent development of our party, I want to let you know that all organs of the party, the Governors forum, National Assembly caucus and BoT have agreed to stand by our national chairman to ensure that our party moves forward. “We have put behind us all the controversies in the last few days and I want to assure you that we are together as a party. “We have also mandated the National Working Committee (NWC) to put in motion immediately the processes of ensuring that within three months the national convention of our party is called. “We will brief all our manners within the next two weeks; the timetabl will be out all culminating in the national convention.
“I want to assure all of you that PDP is ready. Let them know that as one big family we are set and ready to move forward and ensure that we give good governance to the country,” the Governor said. Mimiko pointed out that all organs of the party were represented at the meeting. Speaking on the outcome of the meeting by the former PDP ministers, the Governor declared that every past minister is a product of the state caucus of the party. His words, “They (the former PDP Ministers) emanate from the state. The caucus of the party is all designed that every state is represented by the chairman of the party.