Ali Modu Sheriff walks out on Jonathan at PDP peace meeting

Ali Modu Sheriff, chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Thursday walked out of a stakeholders’ meeting organised by former President Goodluck Jonathan.

Sheriff, who got to the venue of the meeting a few minutes after Jonathan, delivered his remarks before departing with members of his national working committee around 4:15pm.

Cairo Ojougboh, deputy national chairman, and Mikko Bernard, publicity secretary, were among those who left with him.

Addressing reporters before leaving, Sheriff expressed displeasure for not being allowed to make the opening remarks.

“We are here for PDP stakeholders meeting and the PDP has only one national chairman, which is Ali Modu Sheriff,” he said.

“There is no PDP meeting that will take place under whatever arrangement that will not open the session as national chairman. Today, I’m the most senior member of this party.”

He also said he would not be party to anything outside the report submitted to him by the national reconciliation committee led by Seriake Dickson, governor of Bayelsa state.

“I think Gov Dickson made a proposal for reconciliation that we have accepted. Some people want to deviate from this programme, to bring agenda which was not part of it,” he said.

“As national chairman of the party, what I told you in my office when Dickson brought the report is the only thing that we have agreed to at this moment.

“I will not be party to anybody using me to do another programme. I’m not going to be part of it.”

Asked about the way forward for the party, Sheriff said: “As the national chairman of PDP, I will move on with the programmes initiated by Gov. Dickson.

“We are continuing with that; anything outside that, I’m not a party to it.”

However, the meeting continued in his absence.

Speaking after the parley, Jonathan regretted the action of Sheriff, but said the issues would be addressed when the committee presents its recommendations.

Sheriff and Makarfi were scheduled to deliver goodwill messages at the meeting.

Some of the members present were Tom Ikimi, a former minister; Uche Secondus, former acting chairman of the party; Olisa Metuh, ex-PDP spokesman; Saminu Turaki, former governor of Jigawa state and Adolphus Wabara, ex-Senate president.

Also present were some PDP governors, former ministers, and the BoT members, among others.


Source: The Cable

Few days after a peace pact, PDP’s Sheriff, Makarfi at war again.

Few days after reaching an understanding to bury their differences, the two factions of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have renewed hostilities.

The cause of the latest crisis is the decision of Ali Modu Sheriff, national chairman of the party, to replace staff of the PDP secretariat who were not cooperating with him.

Sheriff had declared their jobs vacant and gave them a seven-day ultimatum to return the property of the party in their possession.

But Ahmed Makarfi, caretaker committee chairman, asked the old staff to ignore Sheriff’s threat.

“His threat against our hard working staff should therefore be ignored and treated with utmost contempt coming from a lawless impostor,” said Dayo Adeyeye, the publicity secretary, who responded on behalf of the Makarfi group.

On Thursday, Sheriff and Makarfi signed an undertaking with the PDP national reconciliation committee, led by Seriake Dickson, governor of Bayelsa state, to cease fire.

They both pledged to work together for the restoration of genuine peace to the party.

But on Sunday, Sheriff described Makarfi committee as illegal, saying with the pronouncement of the court of appeal in Port Harcourt, on February 17, “such a group is not supposed to be in existence”.

He appealed to the media not to refer to Makarfi group as a faction of the PDP and insisted that the group was illegal.

Sheriff also warned Makarfi and his group to stop interfering in the affairs of the party.

“Makarfi should behave himself. He should not interfere in our business, because we are not interested in his private business,” Sheriff said in a statement issued on his behalf by Cairo Ojuogboh, his deputy.

“Any further careless statement from him will force us to reconsider our earlier peace agreement.

“We have already employed staff who are running the bureaucracy efficiently. If Makarfi so desires, he should keep the old staff, just as he is doing now.

“We have had enough and enough is enough of this.”

He added that his faction was preparing to complete state congresses, where necessary, and “working hard” on the planned national convention.

“We will not be distracted by inconsequential issues from our set objective to return the party to the grassroots,” he said.

“We must prevent anybody with the agenda of killing the party, especially those, who were brought to the party by those, who have already decamped to other parties.”

Sheriff warned the old PDP staff, who still have the party’s property in their possession, to return them immediately.

“They should return them within the seven days grace or we will be left with no other option than to hand them over to the police,” Sheriff said.

But the Makarfi group which described Sheriff as “a lawless impostor”, urged the staff and party stakeholders to ignore him.

“We went out of our way few days ago to reach accommodation with them even when some of our top leaders had serious misgivings about any type of talk with them given their unreliability,” Makarfi said.

He said his committee showed its goodwill, while Sheriff-led national working committee (NWC) demonstrated their “bad faith”.

“We have always known that Sheriff and his co-travellers especially, Cairo Ojuogbo, were never men of honour with whom one can reach any agreement,” he said.

“But we tagged along to avoid being accused of unnecessary intransigence.

“Since the leopard cannot change its spot, it is now very clear that no agreement or political solution can be reached with these bunch of people with huge integrity deficit.”

He described Ojougboh as an impostor and a rabble-rouser in a “non-existent NWC”, saying Sheriff does not have the constitutional requirement to constitute an NWC.

“His threat against our hard working staff should therefore be ignored and treated with utmost contempt coming from a lawless impostor,” he said.

“For the education of Sheriff and his cohorts, our appeal at the supreme court is already on.

“To that extent, the position and status of the national caretaker committee remains completely unaltered.

“Since they cannot comprehend even very simple matters, we will use a simple analogy.

“If a governor loses at the election petitions tribunal and at the court of appeal, does he cease to be a governor even when his appeal is pending before the supreme court?

“Would the civil servants then refuse to serve him?”

He explained that the position of the law was that he would remain the governor.

He added that all government employees would continue to service his government until otherwise determined by the supreme court.

Makarfi added that his committee members had tried strenuously to reach Dickson to report “this deliberate violation of the truce” but that they were not able to get through to him.


Source: The Cable

Supreme Court to determine Makarfi’s application May 4

The Supreme Court has fixed May 4 for the continuation of hearing in appeals concerning the ongoing leadership crisis of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

The apex court gave the date on Thursday, after listening to counsel’s arguments in the appeals challenging the February 17judgement of the Appeal Court which confirmed former Borno State governor, Ali Sheriff, as leader of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party.

Mr. Sheriff’s challenger for leadership of the party, Ahmed Makarfi, had approached the Supreme Court after the ruling by the Port Harcourt Division of appellate court, starting the final phase of the judicial battle for the PDP leadership that has lasted almost a year.

The judicial struggle began on May, 17 2016 when a Lagos Division of the Federal High Court ordered the party to suspend its national convention earlier scheduled to hold on May 21 that year.

Contrary to that order, however, the PDP held its convention, amidst conflicting information from the Makarfi and Sheriff led factions of the party, respectively, regarding the said convention.

During the convention on May 21, Mr. Makarfi was elected leader of the caretaker committee of the party.

Shortly after that convention, however, loyalist of the Sheriff faction filed a motion before the Federal High Court, FHC, in Lagos, challenging the emergence of Mr. Makarfi as leader of the party.

Consequently on May 24, the court presided by Justice Ibrahim Buba nullified the emergence of the Makarfi-led leadership of the party, and reinstated Mr. Sheriff as leader of the party.

After that judgement, other judgements emanating from separate divisions of the FHC, gave controversial rulings on the convention.

In February, however, the Appeal Court in Port Harcourt announced Mr. Sheriff leader of the party, paving the way for the suit at the Supreme Court.

On Thursday, at the commencement of hearing in Mr. Makarfi’s application, the counsel representing the Sheriff faction, Akin Olujimi, said his client (PDP) was not aware of any application, challenging the emergence of the current leadership of the party.

He, however, prayed the court to set aside the application, stressing that ‘the appropriate authorities to have made the said application have not decided to appeal.”

The counsel representing the second defendant in Mr. Sheriff’s appeal aligned with Mr. Olijimi’s submission.

The counsel, Lateef Fagbemi, said his client, the National Secretary of the party from Mr. Sheriff’s faction, Wale Oladipo, would want the court to set aside the application made by Mr. Makarfi’s counsel, Kanu Agabi, stressing that the appellant had no authorisation to have made the said application.

He also prayed the court to determine the application by the Sheriff faction, before hearing the main appeal by the faction led by Mr. Makarfi.

In his response, Mr. Agabi, a former attorney general of Nigeria, said the respondents should make the submissions written.

Mr. Olujimi had prayed the court to allow them make their submissions within a period of 21 days. So, after hearing the arguments of counsel, the panel of five justices, led by Mohammed Tanko, adjourned to May 4 for hearing of the appeals by the Sheriff-led faction.


Source: Premium Times

Sheriff cautions Makarfi over alleged 2019 presidential ambition

The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ali Modu Sheriff has warned the party’s National Caretaker Committee chairman, Ahmed Makarfi to be careful of his utterances on whether or not he (Sheriff) would contest for president in the 2019 general elections.

Sheriff who spoke while receiving PDP members of the party from Zamfara State at the party national headquarters in Abuja also cautioned Makarfi to behave himself and stop talking about him all the time.

He was reacting to Makarfi’s recent declaration that Sheriff wants to conduct a convention to emerge as the presidential candidate of the party for the 2019 elections.

Makarfi had actually said Sheriff was planning to hold a convention due to his ambition.

But Sheriff yesterday said: “I am not an ambitious person like some of my friends. One of the newspapers reported that Sheriff wants to do convention because he wants to become president. President of Nigeria is decided by God and the people.

“Whenever people lack confidence in themselves they don’t believe in the will of God. I have called him this morning. It is will of God. I want to sincerely request Makarfi to watch his words. I don’t believe that anyone of us here have the powers of God.”

He told Makarfi to mind his business and stop writing his (Sheriff’s) name all the time.

Meanwhile, Chairman of the National Reconciliation Committee and Governor of Bayelsa State, Seriake Dickson and chairmen of the state chapters of the party yesterday faulted fresh appointments into the party’s National Working Committee (NWC).

Submitting his committee’s report on the reconciliation of the factions within the party to the Makarfi-led PDP caretaker committee in Abuja, Dickson said that such illegal appointments could destroy the unity and cohesion within the party.

The report of the reconciliation committee had earlier been submitted to Sheriff.

The recent appointment of acting Deputy National Chairman, acting National Publicity Secretary and Acting National Organizing Secretary, among others had deepened the party’s crisis as many members insisted that Sheriff’s leadership lacks the power to make such appointments.

Also Senate and House of Representatives PDP caucus leaders, Godswill Akpabio and Leo Ogor said they were willing to give peace a chance if the Sheriff-led faction was ready to abide by the agreements reached with the Dickson’s committee.


Source: The Guardian

Sheriff has no good intention for PDP, says Adeyeye.

National Caretaker Committee of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) said National Chairman, Sen. Ali Modu Sheriff, has no good intentions for the party.

Publicity Secretary of the committee, Mr Dayo Adeyeye, stated this in a news conference on Tuesday in Abuja.

Speaking at the backdrop of a statement credited to Sheriff on his 2019 presidential ambition, Adeyeye said that all efforts of the national chairman were geared towards his hidden ambition.

He said that Sheriff was holding PDP to ransom because he wanted to hijack the party and use it for his selfish interest.

“He was planning a convention that will put his cronies in critical party positions who will then rubber-stamp his candidacy when the time to pick the PDP candidate for 2019 Presidential Election comes.

“We are worried that some important party leaders also could not see beyond the facade, tagging along with Sheriff as he drags the party through the mud in his bid at achieving his selfish ambition.

“ We hope perceptible minds in the party can now see why it is extremely dangerous to trust Sheriff with the organization of any convention,’’ he said.

Adeyeye said that having Sheriff as PDP presidential candidate would be a real delight for the All Progressives Congress (APC).

“It is as good as having your sparring partner as your opponent in a major bout.

“We want to make a serious contention for power in 2019. We don’t want to field a candidate who is the captain of the second team of the ruling party,’’ he said.

On the allegation that the caretaker committee was already boasting of going to obtain victory on the party’s leadership crisis at the Supreme Court, Adeyeye said it was blackmail from Sheriff’s group.

According to him, it is rather the Sheriff group that is already blackmailing the Supreme Court on the matter the way they did to the Court of Appeal in the Ondo governorship in 2016.

“They did the same against the second panel for which the Supreme Court awarded costs of over N20 million against them and their lawyers.

“They were the ones celebrating that appeal court judgment even before it was given. They said they knew the judgment.

“Their subtle blackmail of Supreme Court is unbecoming.’’

Dr Cairo Ojougboh, acting National Deputy Chairman of the party, in a separate news conference also in Abuja, accused the caretaker committee of boasting about the party leadership crisis now before the Supreme Court.

Ojougboh alleged that the caretaker committee was already boasting that the judgment rejected by the Court of Appeal would be adopted by the Supreme Court.

“We make bold to say nobody can buy the Supreme Court and the Supreme Court cannot be bought.

“The PDP has implicit confidence in the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Samuel Onnoghen and his colleagues in the Supreme Court.

“We, therefore, advice Makarfi and his co-travelers that their wishful judgment which they are parading will remain in the trash can,” Ojougboh said.

Meanwhile, the PDP members and their leaders in the South-South said they remained committed to the party and the resolutions of the May 21, 2016 national convention in Port Harcourt.

National Vice Chairman of the party in the zone, Chief Emmanuel Ogidi, stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.

He said all party members in South-South were under the authority of the National Caretaker Committee headed by Sen. Ahmed Makarfi, which was constituted at the Port Harcourt convention.

He assured that the loyalty of members to the committee would be sustained until the verdict of the Supreme Court on the appeal before it on the recent judgment of the Court of Appeal.

The Court of Appeal in Port Harcourt had on Feb. 17, 2017, ruled that Sen. Ali Modu Sheriff remained the authentic chairman of the PDP.

The court also directed that status quo before the national convention in Port Harcourt, which sacked the leadership of the PDP and constituted the caretaker committee, should remain.

But, a minority judgment by one of the judges, out of the three justices of the Appeal Court that heard the case, recognised the resolutions and actions taken at the Port Harcourt convention. The judge held that as somebody appointed to administer the party for about three months and organise a national convention, Sheriff had by the resolution of the convention, seized to be chairman of the party.

Ogidi expressed optimism that the final verdict of the court on the issue would vindicate the position of the majority of the party’s members, and would uphold the minority judgment at the Appeal Court.

On the merger talks between PDP and some political parties, Ogidi said that it was real but that the merging parties would adopt PDP as their new party.

According to him, PDP is the brand and cannot be changed. Yes, other parties will merge with us but the name PDP will be retained after the fusion.


Source: The Guardian

“Get back to work or get sacked”, says Ali Modu-Sheriff threatens striking PDP staff

Factional Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ali Modu-Sheriff, yesterday ordered the workers at the party’s National Secretariat to resume work or face dismissal.

He said the workers’ decision to stay away from work was a breach of the party’s terms and conditions of employment.

A statement by the Acting National Publicity Secretary Bernard Mikko, said the workers’ engagement in partisan politics was unfortunate, a situation he described as an act of indiscipline.

They cited the violent disturbances at the PDP National Secretariat, the leaders’ breach of the party’s Constitution, as well as the Appeal Court’s judgment and pending case at the Supreme Court as their reasons.

The statement reads: “All staff of the PDP National Secretariat who have not resumed in their duty posts should immediately go back to work. This notice serves as another opportunity for them to explore the magnanimity of the National Chairman, Ali Modu Sheriff and resume duties in line with the directive by the National Secretary, Prof. Wale Adewale, after a meeting of party’s National Working Committee (NWC).

“Failure to heed the call would attract disciplinary procedures. The PDP Establishment Manual stipulates that the secretariat officials should be apolitical and they are deemed to be conversant with these terms and conditions of their employment.”

Sheriff condemned recent statements credited to some members of staff, which showed them to be involved in the process of determining the choice of the party’s leaders.

“Members of the PDP Welfare Association and indeed all committed staff of the secretariat are neither on trial nor involved in any crisis or litigation that necessitated their forming any political or legal solution to the crisis.

“Sheriff and the entire NWC are committed to making the party to realise the dreams of its founding fathers and should be supported to do so,” the statement added.


Source: The Guardian

Fayose is a huge shame to the PDP – Sheriff faction

The two factions of the Peoples Democratic Party in the South West region have rekindled the crisis rocking the party and the controversies over who controls the party leadership structure following a meeting called by the Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose, on Monday.

Mr. Fayose convened a meeting of some leaders of the Ahmed Makarfi group in Ado-Ekiti, where it resolved to reject Ali Modu Sherif’s leadership of the party, and to back a Supreme Court appeal to set aside the Appeal Court judgment recognising Mr. Sheriff.

Mr. Fayose also used to occasion to disparage Mr. Sheriff, describing him as an impostor who pretends to lead the PDP, but hobnobs with the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.

“To me, the PDP is one under Ahmed Makarfi. I want you to be speaking out against President Muhammadu Buhari’s government, nobody can kill you,” Mr. Fayose had said.

“They said the PDP people are corrupt, but if you look critically, the PDP are mere petty thieves while APC members are super robbers. They are only interested in destroying and oppressing our members while the people groan in sufferings. Today, the country is under emergency situation.

“They said we should use political means to settle our differences, let me say that even if we reconcile there are some people I can’t be in the same party with. They are dirty and people like us can’t associate with them.”

But the regional PDP loyal to Mr. Sheriff condemned the meeting of the Makarfi faction held in Ekiti State on Monday, at the behest of Mr. Fayose.

The group in a statement by its Vice Chairman, South West, Makanjuola Ogundipe, said Mr. Fayose lacked the powers to call such a meeting.

He said Mr. Fayose was “the big shame” bedeviling the PDP family, especially in the South West.

“Fayose’s action in summoning a meeting he lacks the right to call at a time when well-meaning leaders and elders are calling for restraint and reconciliation is most despicable,” Mr. Ogundipe said.

“Otherwise, how do we describe his action and utterances under the guise of a non-existent and illegal South West PDP leaders forum?

“In what capacity did he call the meeting of South West PDP leaders? Can a Governor call a zonal PDP leaders meeting? Has he been able to call a full meeting of the PDP Governors’ Forum which he purports to lead?

“We thank God that most of the respectable leaders of our party in the South West shunned the illegal gathering.”

He said the governor had become a slave to his ambition, and so attempts to destroy a solid and responsible institution like the PDP.

“At the height of his executive rascality, Fayose would throw every rule of the game to the rubbish bag as long as he continues to dwell in his fool’s Paradise,” Mr. Ogundipe further stated.

“He denigrates the judiciary when a judgment or ruling does not favour. Yet, this same funny character seeks succour from the same institution that he vilifies with reckless abandon. It is only an unbalanced character that switches like this.

He called on leaders and elders of the party not to allow Mr. Fayose to do further havoc to the party before he takes his imminent exit.

“PDP is a party built on the rule of law. Therefore, all well-meaning and law-abiding leaders and members should not allow an impostor to destroy its fortunes,” he added.


Source: Premium Times

Ali Modu Sheriff Resumes As PDP Chairman

The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, has officially resumed work at the national secretariat of the party.

Addressing the Imo State PDP delegation who paid him a visit in Abuja, Senator Sheriff said the party is in its current leadership mess because of the imposition of candidates against the wishes of the people.

He, however, stated optimism that he would return the party to the people.

On their part, the delegation led by Senator Hope Uzodinma pledged to mobilise the support of party members from the southeast region.

It appears the ruling of the Court of Appeal in Port Harcourt, Rivers State which reinstated Sheriff as the PDP Chairman has continued to trigger more controversy within the party.

This time, the chapter of the party in Kaduna state seems to have been divided over Senator Sheriff’s supporters and those in Senator Ahmed Makarfi’s camp.

Members of the state working committee unanimously threw their support behind Senator Makarfi and described the Court of Appeal judgement as a ‘miscarriage of justice’.

However, some members loyal to Senator Sheriff have come out openly to distance themselves from the position of the party executive in Kaduna State, saying they are not part of it.

The group, led by Senator Musa Bello, said the judgment of the Appeal Court must be respected by every member of the party, hence they are solidly behind Sheriff.


Source: Channels TV

JUST IN: Anti-Sheriff Protesters Storm PDP Secretariat

Some protesters loyal to the Senator Ahmed Makarfi Caretaker Committee, have stormed the national secretariat of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Abuja, calling on the police to stop the National Chairman of the party, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, from entering the secretariat.

The Spokesperson to the Ahmed Makarfi group, Dayo Adeyeye, at a press conference, also asked the police to stop the national chairman from accessing the party’s secretariat.

Senator Sheriff moved into the national secretariat of the PDP on Friday, relying on the Court of Appeal judgement that declared him as the authentic chairman of the party.

He said the reopening of the party’s secretariat would enable him and the National Working Committee to work towards returning the party to its status in 1999.

The group of Makarfi loyalists, have however insisted that the national chairman must wait for the supreme court judgement over who should actually be the party’s chairman.

Meanwhile, the National Deputy Chairman of the (PDP) Mr Kairo Ojougbo, has described both the protests and the call to stop Sheriff as illegal.

The secretariat was reopened on Friday, exactly nine months after it was sealed by the police.

For almost two years, the battle for the soul of the PDP has raged on, defying every seeming solution proffered by its members.

In 2016, PDP had described the Sheriff-led faction of the party as agents of darkness, insisting that the former Governor of Borno State was not the Chairman of the party.

Even after the ruling by the court in Port-Hacourt, the Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, described the reinstatement of Senator Sheriff as a rape of democracy.


Source: Channels TV

Ekiti PDP Senator ignores Fayose, declares support for Sheriff.

While the Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose, champions the movement against Ali Sheriff as Peoples Democratic Party chairman, a senator from his state has declared full support for Mr. Sheriff.

Mr. Sheriff has been recognised as PDP chairman by the Court of Appeal. But Mr. Fayose, who heads the PDP Governors Forum, and other party leaders have restated their opposition to Mr. Sheriff and vowed to appeal the judgement at the Supreme Court.

However, on Sunday, Fatimat Raji-Rasaki, who represents Ekiti Central Senatorial District said Mr. Sheriff was the authentic national chairman of the PDP.

She made the declaration on Sunday in Ado-Ekiti while speaking with journalists at the end of a three-day capacity building training on ICT she organised for 100 beneficiaries in her constituency.

Mrs. Raji-Rasaki’s declaration comes days after another senator from Bayelsa State, Ben Murray-Bruce also declared support for Mr. Sheriff saying there was no need for further litigations.

On Sunday, Mrs. Raji-Rasaki, who is the Chairman, Senate Committee on Trade and Investment, said the era of impunity was dead in the PDP.

She said that the Court of Appeal judgment which affirmed Mr. Sheriff as the national chairman of PDP had afforded the party an opportunity to put its house in order.

The lawmaker, who belongs to a rival PDP faction in Ekiti different from the governor’s, said the recent developments in Ekiti and at the national level, would enable the PDP prepare ahead of the 2019 general elections.

She described the Court of Appeal judgment as a “new lease of life’’ for members of the party.

The senator, who distributed free laptops to participants who attended the training, stressed that anybody that wants to make impact in today’s world must be empowered technologically.

She urged the beneficiaries to put into practice what they learnt at the training.

Mrs. Raji-Rasaki expressed sadness that impunity, lawlessness, violation of the PDP constitution and abuse of power by people whose names she did not mention, had negatively affected the party’s fortunes before the judgment.

She expressed hope that the PDP would emerge stronger from its crises to be a party that would allow equity, justice, fair play, adherence to due process and the principles of democracy to thrive.

The senator expressed satisfaction that the judiciary intervened and resolved the protracted crises rocking the party.

She lauded the Ekiti chapter of the party for affirming Williams Ajayi as the authentic state chairman.

She alleged that some individuals in the PDP had turned the party into their personal property where party congresses and primaries elections to elect candidates were hijacked.

She added that members of the party were not allowed to choose candidates of their choice.

She said: “Crisis in any political party is part of democracy because we disagree to agree.

“We, the authentic PDP, are being led by Ali Modu Sheriff and we thank God that the court judgment has put an end to impunity in our party.

“Impunity is one thing that destroys any organisation or association where people decide and subscribe to rules and regulations guiding them.

“It is a pity that some people turned the PDP to a place where one person will corner everything and turn it to PLC.

“A party is supposed to be where everybody has a say because we are in a democracy

“In Ekiti, the authentic executive has won in court as well, so in the PDP, we have no option than to obey the rule of law.”


Source: Premium Times

JUST IN: Ali Modu Sheriff re-opens PDP national secretariat

Ali-Modu Sheriff, the Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Thursday re-opened the party’s national secretariat, Wadata Plaza.

The party’s secretariat had been under lock and key since May, 2016 after its National Convention held in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

Mr. Sheriff, who arrived the party secretariat at about 6 p.m, informed journalists that he was at the premises to inspect the level of repairs to be done at the secretariat.

?“We are here at the National Secretariat this evening to access the place so that we can resume either Monday or Tuesday. We will go round to access the kind of repairs to be done.

“We will get our painters and cleaners over the weekend to work on it, and while they are doing so, we will continue with our consultations just like we have been doing since the judgment was delivered,” he said.

Mr. Sheriff, who was on February 17 confirmed by the Court of Appeal in Port Harcourt as the authentic PDP Chairman, had promised to re-open the secretariat latest by Friday.

Those who accompanied Mr. Sheriff to the secretariat include the Acting Deputy National Chairman, Cairo Ojougboh, National Secretary, Wale Oladipo, National Auditor, Buruji Kashamu, and Ahmed Gulak among others.

Meanwhile, Dayo Adeyeye, the Publicity Secretary of the party’s factional National Caretaker Committee, led by Ahmed Makarfi, has described Mr. Sheriff’s action as illegal.

“As far as we are concerned, the forceful entry of Ali Modu-Sheriff and his team into the party secretariat is illegal and most unwelcomed.

“We say this because the keys to the secretariat are with the Board of Trustees and we’ve checked with them, and can confirm that the keys have not been handed over to Sheriff or any of his followers.

“The implication of this is that he broke into the secretariat which is a criminal offence.

“We also expected that Sheriff should have waited for the conclusion of the Appeal we filed at the Supreme Court before he forced himself in just like we held on when we got court judgment favouring us last year.’’

According to him, “we are condemning his action in totality and we view it as an affront on the rule of law.”

Mr. Adeyeye added that Mr. Sheriff should be held responsible for any loss of documents or damage to the property within the party secretariat.

“The administrative members of staff as accounting officers were not around to see the event happen, and as the custodians of the party’s property, they refused to participate in the illegal entry made by Ali-Modu Sheriff.’’

He advised Mr. Sheriff to vacate the secretariat immediately in his own interest.

“We also call on authority of the Nigerian Police to prevent chaos by flushing Sheriff and his team out of the PDP secretariat.

“Let all parties wait for the judgment of the Supreme Court which is the highest court in the land.’’


Source: NAN

“I Won’t Stoop So Low To Fayose’s Level”, Ali Modu Sheriff Knocks Ekiti Governor.

Controversial National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Alhaji Ali Modu Sheriff, said in Abuja in Wednesday, that he will not descend to the level of Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State.

Fayose has remained vocal in his criticism of Sheriff since the Court of Appeal pronounced him the chairman of the party on Friday.

Speaking to members of the party from the South-West in his office about the repeated tirades of the governor on him, Sheriff said there would be no difference between both men should he choose to reply the governor.

He also pleaded with the other governors not to destroy the party.

“Ali Sheriff is not here to remain as National Chairman,” he said, promising to depart as soon as the national convention is held.

He promised a credible convention, adding that the election of leaders accepted by the grassroots is his mission and that he will do that by the grace of God.

Pleading for peace in the PDP, he said: “Let’s build this party. If you like and you want to change something, wait for the convention and vote for the person you like, and Nigerians and the world will see that you’re are validly elected by the PDP.”

He described the governors as being very important, saying they are leaders of this party by their own right, but should not divide the party.

Of the Ekiti State governor, he said, “I beg him to respect PDP, whatever he said about me posterity would judge him. He will devote more energy and time for the rebuilding of PDP?.”

He also told his guests that he and his rival for the office of national chairman, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, had mutually agreed before the appeal court delivered the judgment not to further challenge it, whatever it was.

“Makarfi and I resolved that whatever is the outcome of the appeal court judgment that we will not destroy our party, that once we get the judgment from the Court of Appeal that will be the final judgement for everybody. ?
“We spoke to all Nigerians about this, it is on record, but all the same everybody has the right to do what he wants to do. But it is good to place on record what we have as agreement.
“Now the court of appeal has made a pronouncement that the status quo ante be maintained being that myself and the legally adjudged party exco? who did not resign from office voluntarily because anyone has the right to resign voluntarily remain in office.”

He said he would reopen the National Secretariat of the party before Friday.


Source: Sahara Reporters

We do not know about Sheriff’s planned convention – Makarfi

The Ahmed Makarfi faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has said it is unaware of plans by the National Chairman of the party, Ali Modu Sheriff, to hold a national convention to elect new leaders.

On Wednesday, Sheriff revealed that he will step down from his position after a national convention.

He pleaded with Governors and other stakeholders to let peace reign in PDP until then. He however did not state the date and venue for the convention.

“In the name of God, let’s re-build this party. Don’t divide the party. Let everybody unite in order to rebuild the party. I beg Fayose to respect PDP and the people of Nigeria. I beg him. Whatever you say today, posterity will judge you, so I beg him. ?Let’s tell Nigerians that our party is for all.

“I am not going to be chairman forever. I will leave office after the convention. We will do a credible convention. Whoever is against me should wait until after the convention,” Sheriff said.

Reacting to Sheriff’s statement, spokesman to Makarfi’s camp, Dayo Adeyeye told the Nation: “What convention and what is the time and date for the convention?”

Adeyeye, however, urged party members to remain law abiding and not to do anything that will deepen the crisis within the party.


Source: DailyPost

“I did not endorse Sheriff”, Goodluck Jonathan denies.

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has denied endorsing Ali Modu Sheriff as the national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Since Friday when the appeal court recognised Sheriff as chairman of the opposition party, he has been consulting stakeholders.

He visited Ibrahim Babangida, former military ruler, over the weekend, and was with Jonathan on Monday.

After the meeting, there were reports that Jonathan had endorsed the PDP leader. But in a statement issued on his behalf by Ikechukwu Eze, his media aide, the former president said he only received Sheriff in the interest of peace.

The statement said Jonathan met Ahmed Makarfi, chairman of the other faction of the PDP, and Walid Jibrin, chairman of the party’s board of trustees (BoT), after Sheriff left.

“Jonathan as a former president and foremost leader of the party welcomed Sheriff and some of his supporters to his house, in line with a mediation role he is playing towards unifying and strengthening the PDP,” Eze said in a statement.

“Indeed, it may interest you to know that after meeting with Sheriff, the former president also met with Senator Ahmed Makarfi, leader of the PDP caretaker committee, and the party’s board of trustees chairman, Senator Walid Jubril, later in the evening.

“As a peace-loving leader of the party, the former president’s interest is to help reposition PDP to enable it play a constructive role in the affairs of the nation, in view of the imperative of deepening the nation’s democracy.

“I wish to let those spinning this falsehood know that it just doesn’t add up to fly a contrived banner of endorsement in one breath, and in another, concede that the former president explained his commitment in meeting with different interest groups, towards resolving the differences in the party.”

Eze reproduced the  exact words of Jonathan in the meeting with Sheriff.

He also appreciated the interest shown in covering activities of Jonathan, but urged journalists to avoid misleading the public.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the following are the former president’s exact words during the interview with newsmen, as had accurately been reported by most online and major national newspapers, as well as broadcast organisations: ‘We (PDP) are not factionalised. We are one. We are solving our problems. There are bound to be differences in politics. It is the way we resolve these differences that make us human beings and that is what makes us leaders. I have met with Sheriff. And I have met with others.

“While we appreciate the interest of journalists in the coverage of the activities of the former president, we urge accurate and constructive reporting, as it is a known fact that we cannot truly develop our nation, if journalists continue to twist and fabricate stories with the intent of misinforming the public.”


Source: The Cable

Ex-President Jonathan declares support for Ali Modu Sheriff as PDP Chairman

Former President Goodluck Jonathan on Monday declared support for Ali Sheriff as the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party.

The former president spoke after a meeting with Mr. Sheriff and some members of his group in Abuja.

Mr. Sheriff, was affirmed the party’s national chairman by the Court of Appeal, Port Harcourt Division, last week.

Those at the meeting held behind closed doors at the former president’s home in Maitama District of Abuja were the Deputy National Chairman, Cairo Ojougbo, the National Secretary, Wale Oladipo, the acting National Publicity Secretary, Benard Mikko, the Financial Secretary, Adewole Adeyanju, and the National Youth Leader, Dennis Alonge-Niyi.

The meeting held while the Ahmed Makarfi-led faction of the party met at the Ekiti State Governor’s Lodge in Abuja where it resolved to challenge the judgement of the Court of Appeal.

Mr. Sheriif had on Sunday met with a former military president, Ibrahim Babangida, in Minna, the Niger State capital.

At the end of the meeting, Mr. Jonathan, who had referred to Mr. Sheriff as “my chairman,” said there were no factions in the party though members could have disagreement.

“We are not factionalised. We are one. There are bound to be differences in politics. We cannot run away from that,” he said.

“It is the way we resolve these differences that make us human beings and that is what makes us leaders. I have met with Sheriff. And I have met with others. I will still meet with others, so that we will be able to do what is expected of us as a political party.”

Also speaking, Mr. Sheriff said he and his team were at the home of the former president as part of the moves to unite the PDP with a view to providing credible opposition to the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.

“We are putting everything together to ensure that the party is united,” he said.

“We are not fighting and this is no time to join issues with people. We want everybody to come back to the party. Very soon I will get back to you when I finish my consultations. I won’t tell you anything before I finish consultations.”

(he national chairman insisted that the party’s constitution does not have a place for a caretaker committee, saying, “There is only one PDP and there is only one national chairman. A group of people has the right to sit and discuss as only a group of people but not as PDP. If I go down to their level to exchange words with them, then I would not be different from them.

“We don’t have anything like caretaker committee in our party. As father of the party, I will make sure everybody is united. I will make sure that everybody gets what they want in PDP.

“By the time I finish my convention, Nigerians will know that we mean well for the party.”


Source: Premium Times

I regret supporting Sheriff, it’s one of my worst political decisions – Nyesom Wike

Nyesom Wike, Rivers state governor, says assisting Ali-Modu Sheriff to the position of the national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is one of the worst decisions he has made in his political career.

Wike and Ayo Fayose, his Ekiti state counterpart, had backed Sheriff, but they soon fell out with him.

This degenerated into a series of lawsuits that culminated in the recent affirmation of Sheriff as PDP chairman by an appeal court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers state.

Reacting to the development during an interview on Sunday Politics, which aired on Channels Television, Wike said he regretted bringing Sheriff into the fold of PDP.

The governor said the PDP would file for a stay of execution on the appeal court’s decision, adding that afterwards, an appeal will be filed at the supreme court.

The governor said he was shocked by the ruling and maintained that Sheriff had no good intention for the opposition party.

“I do believe that even in life, even as human beings, there are times for setbacks, and challenges. What has happened to us is a temporary setback,” he said.

“I will not support anything that has to do with Sheriff. I know that he doesn’t mean well for the party.

“He’s a mole in the party. His antecedents tell you that there are people behind who are not members of the party, who do not want PDP to exist.

“I’m not new in this game. Even the characters around him, they don’t augur well for the party.

“That is one of the worst political decisions I’ve ever taken. In life, when you take a decision and you realise that you made a mistake. In that decision you made, there is nothing stopping you from saying, ‘I’ve made a mistake, I think we can correct it’.

“Frankly, I have never regretted any decision I’ve taken than this decision. Politically, we have seen his conduct. It has shown that he does not mean well for the party. It will be difficult for me to work with him. That is clear. I don’t have that confidence that he can lead the party.”


Source: The Cable

JUST IN: Police seals off Makarfi-led PDP’s meeting venue.

The police have prevented the Ahmed Makarfi faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from converging on the International Conference Center (ICC) for a meeting.

Makarfi’s group chose the venue after the ruling of the appeal court which recognised Ali Modu Sheriff as the legitimate chairman of the PDP.

On Friday, an appeal court sitting in Port Harcourt ruled in favour of Sheriff and also declared the convention which produced the caretaker committee led by Makarfi as illegal.

In a statement on Monday, Makarfi’s group alleged that Sheriff in league with the federal government planned to stop it from holding its meeting.

The caretaker committee announced that the meeting had been moved to the Ekiti state government lodge in Abuja.

“Senator Ali Modu Sheriff in collaboration with the All Progressive Congress (APC)-led federal government has barricaded the International  Conference Center, ICC, venue of the scheduled stakeholders meeting of  the entire organs of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP),” the statement read.

“This is a very sad development in our democratic history where there is no longer free association and movement of citizens of this country.

“Senator Ali Modu Sheriff and his APC collaborators cannot stop the will of the people. Nigerians can now confirm that Senator Ali Modu Sheriff is a mole in PDP to destroy the only strong opposition in the country.

“All invited members of the party for the scheduled  stakeholders meeting  are hereby directed to proceed to will the Ekiti State Government Lodge  on TY Danjuma Street, Asokoro, Abuja by same time, 2:00Pm.”

Ali Modu Sherrif’s victory, an end to the impunity of APC – Lagos PDP chairman

Segun Adewale, Lagos state chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has described the victory of Ali Modu Sherrif at the appeal court as a precursor to the end of the “impunity” of the ruling party, All Progressives Congress (APC).

On Friday, a court of appeal in Port Harcourt declared Sheriff as the legitimate national chairman of the party.

Ahmed Makarfi and Sheriff factions of the party have tested their claim to the leadership of PDP in courts in Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt, resulting in contradictory court orders.

In a statement issued on Monday, Adewale said the ruling of the court will afford the party the opportunity to reunite and form a formidable force ahead of the 2019 general election.

“The affirmation of Sen Ali Modu Sheriff as the authentic national chairman of the PDP is not just a victory to those of us that believes in his leadership but a victory to the grassroots members of the PDP that now have a voice,” Adewale said.

“It is also a victory to our democratic institutions, the rebirth of a formidable opposition which will definitely engender the delivery of good governance and bring end to the impunity of the ruling APC government.”

He congratulated Sherrif, referring to him as the hope of the common man in the party.

Adewale added that Nigerians were looking up to the PDP to save them from the current economic crisis plaguing the nation.

“This victory by all intent and purpose signals an end to the era of impunity, disregard to our party constitution and blatant egocentric behaviour of some individuals that have virtually turned the party into their private estate. All these clogs in the wheels of progress of our great party is what Senator Sheriff seeks to end and that is what this victory has ensured,” Adewale said.

“It is crystal clear that Nigerians are anxiously looking up to the Peoples Democratic Party for solutions to the present economic holocausts ravaging the nation. Nigerians are regretting the monumental error of voting a visionless party into power, a party that has subjected Nigerians to an unprecedented hunger.

“Let me use this golden opportunity to appreciate immensely the relentless effort and passion of senator Ali Modu Sheriff towards securing an enduring future for ordinary members of our party. Without doubt, his resolve to ensure grassroots participation in decision making within the party is the most assured way of building an enduring political party structure.

“Without any fear of contradiction, APC has failed Nigerians woefully, posterity will therefore not forgive us, as the last hope of a common man if we fail to bury our differences and rise up collectively to the challenges of rescuing the nation from this APC confusion.

“The nation is in serious danger if left in the hands of these incompetent politicians that are obviously mismanaging our common heritage.”

Makarfi has rejected the ruling of the appeal court, vowing to file an appeal at the supreme court.


Source: The Cable

‘Authentic’ PDP Chairman Ali Modu Sheriff meets IBB behind closed doors.

Ali Modu Sheriff, national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), held a private meeting with Ibrahim Babangida (IBB) in Minna, Niger state capital, on Sunday.

Last week, an appeal court in Port Harcourt recognised Sheriff as the legitimate chairman of the opposition party, and declared the convention that established the Ahmed Makarfi’s caretaker committee as illegal.

Sheriff described the ruling as a victory for the party, not him, saying it is time to put the PDP in good shape.

“My victory is a victory for PDP all over Nigeria. There is no loser; it is just a misunderstanding within a family,” he said.

“We are calling on everybody to come together so that the party can be formidable one once again.”

On the purpose of his visit after a two-hour meeting with Babangida, Sheriff said “IBB is our father”.

“IBB congratulated me and advised me to continue that way so that I can bring everybody back together to make the party a formidable opposition,” he said.

“What we want to do now is how to put the party back to shape so that everyone that is aggrieved is brought back as one united family once again.

“This is because united will stand, divided will fall. I have called Makarfi himself, and everybody to come back so that we can work together.”

Babangida Aliyu, former Niger governor, who was also at the meeting with IBB, said Sheriff remained the party’s chairman “for now”.

“Now that we have a legal decision supporting the position, we are okay. Though some people are talking of taking the matter the supreme court, others are saying no,” he said.

“We should start widening the solution so that we don’t waste time in terms of legality.

“That is why for the moment, Ali Modu Sheriff is the chairman of the party until anybody is able to go higher to set aside this decision of the court. Those of us who love to see solution to this party will continue to find solution. I think we should all bury our ambitions; you can have an ambition without a platform.

“We need to have a platform first of all and we are in the opposition, and we need time to organise and reorganise and go back to the people with plausible real solution to their problems.

“If we don’t get these solutions, then what do we have?

“I appeal to all PDP lovers and members to look at the issues objectively, we need to have a platform that we can call a party which can win elections and not a fragmented party.’’


Source: The Cable

BREAKING: Ali Modu Sheriff emerges as the authentic chairman of the PDP

The factional PDP chairman, Ali Modu Sheriff has won his case at the Appeal Court. As a result of this latest development, the caretaker committee may have been nullified by the court, upholding Justice Abang’s judgement.

Recall that the power tussle between Ali Modu Sheriff and Ahmed Makarfi have been ongoing for a very long time now.

It was gathered that the three judges of the court in a unanimous decision agreed that the Modu Sheriff is the chairman of the PDP.

Chieftains of the party from the two sides had at various fora expressed readiness to abide by the outcome of the appeal court verdict with a view to bringing lasting peace in the party.

A Federal High Court in Port Harcourt had last year given legitimacy to Makarfi as the chairman of the party, while another court of coordinate jurisdiction in Abuja, headed by Justice Okon Abang, had ruled that Sheriff should be recognized as the chairman.

The PDP has not been able to play the role of leading opposition to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) because of the crisis ravaging it from within.

An appeal court in Abuja had on December 16, 2016, adjourned indefinitely, the separate hearing in the leadership tussle so as to pave way for the Port Harcourt division of the court to exhaust the case before it.

Both Makarfi and Sheriff have been operating from satellite offices following the closure of the national headquarters of the party, at Wadata Plaza in Abuja.

The crisis in the PDP is also raging in many states where Makarfi and Sheriff share the loyalty of members.

Why we cleared Sheriff as PDP chairman — Umar Ardo

A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dr. Umar Ardo, has explained why the PDP cleared Senator Ali Modu Sheriff for national chairmanship in 2015 because he proved to them that he did not form the Boko Haram group.

Sheriff had been accused of forming and sponsoring the sect when he was governor of Borno.

Ardo, who contested for the governorship ticket of the PDP in Adamawa State in 2015, said in a statement, yesterday, that he had to speak on the matter following his engagement on a recent online platform on the same issue.

“I asked Sen. Modu Sheriff this question point blank at the heat of his campaign to be the national chairman of the PDP when I had a one-on-one meeting with him in May, last year.

“His answer to me was that he didn’t (form the Boko Haram). To buttress his position, he left me and went somewhere in his house and shortly returned with three documents and handed them over to me. One was a ‘Report of the Post Morten Committee on the Sectarian Crises in Kano, Bauchi, Yobe and Borno States,’ constituted by the then National Security Adviser, as directed by the Nigerian president.

“The report was dated 27th August, 2009. The other document was the ‘Report of the Implementation Committee of the Government White Paper on the Boko Haram Insurgency in Borno State’ dated 9th November, 2009. The third one was titled ‘The 2009 Sectarian Crisis in Borno State’ written by Sen. Ali Modu Sheriff himself in September 2011,” he said.

Ardo said having carefully read through the first two documents and discountenancing the third document, written by Sheriff himself, the facts contained in those he read, and the personalities involved, showed that Sheriff did not create the Boko Haram as it is currently composited.

“In fact, from the committee’s report and the White Paper, Sen. Sheriff was commended for the steps his government took to stem Islamic insurgency in the state,” he said.

Nostalgia? Bukola Saraki, Ali-Modu Sheriff hold secret meeting.

Senate President Bukola Saraki held a private meeting with Ali Modu-Sheriff, factional chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Sunday.

According to PUNCH, the meeting, which lasted for a little over 20 minutes, held at an enclosure within the International Conference Centre complex, Abuja.

Saraki was said to have made his way into the complex at about 7:30pm and left around 7:51pm.

Although details of the meeting were not made public, it could be about political re-alignments ahead of the 2019 general election.

When the newspaper contacted Chucks Okocha, special assistant to the senate president (print media), said while it was true that his boss met with Sheriff, it had nothing to do with politics.

“My principal only went to felicitate with the Sheriffs over the wedding of their daughter,” he reportedly said.

“The Sarakis and the Sheriffs have been family friends for over 20 years.

“There is nothing usual about them sharing moments of joy such as weddings. It was just a social visit and that is what it is.”

The Ahmed Makarfi faction of the PDP has accused Sheriff of working for the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), which Saraki belongs to.

Ali Modu Sheriff’s daughter weds Army Chief Buratai’s aide

Maiduguri, the Borno State capital will be agog with weddings this December. Aside from the Indimis who are receiving President Muhammadu Buhari’s daughter, Zahra, into their fold as a wife; Halima, one of the daughters of a factional Peoples Democratic chairman, Ali Sheriff, is also set to walk down the aisle this month.


The lucky groom-to-be, Ronnie, is said to be one of Northern Nigeria’s most handsome and eligible bachelors.


In his early 30’s, he is the aide-de-camp to the Chief of Army Staff of Nigeria, Tukur Buratai, and a Captain in the Nigerian Army.


On the other hand, Halima is a fashion designer and a graduate of the Canadian University in Dubai.


The couple have released some pre-wedding photos which were shot by ace Abuja-based wedding photographer, Big H Studios.

Supreme Court Refers Sheriff, Makarfi Dispute Back To Appeal Court.

The Supreme Court on Thursday referred back to the Court of Appeal, Abuja, all pending cases relating to the dispute over the leadership tussle between the Ali Modu Sheriff an?d Ahmed Makarfi factions of the Peoples Democratic Party.


The appeals which the apex court referred back to the Court of Appeal have to do with questions bordering on which of the factions of the party ?has the authority to instruct lawyers to represent the party in a pending case before Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court, Abuja.


The five-man panel of the ape?x court led by the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, also, in a separate unanimous ruling, struck out all pending appeals relating to the candidacy of the PDP for the Saturday’s governorship election in Ondo State.


Justice Onnoghen, who read the lead ruling, held that the pending appeals before the apex court had become academic in view of the judgment of the Justice Ibrahim Saulawa-led panel of the Court of Appeal, Abuja delivered on Wednesday, reinstating Eyitayo Jegede as the PDP’s governorship candidate in the Ondo State election.


The Acting CJN informed parties to the appeals on Thursday that the apex court was not ready to hear the cases piecemeal.


He directed that the appellants should  raise the issues in their interlocutory  appea?ls in when they file substantive appeals which they wish to file against the  Court of Appeal’s judgment delivered on Thursday.


The appellants led by Biyi Poroye are the state executives of the Sheriff faction of the party in the various states in the South-West zone, are backing Jimoh Ibrahim, who was only removed and replaced with Jegede as the party’s governorship candidate in Ondo State by the judgment delivered by the Court of Appeal, Abuja on Wednesday.


The appellants’ lawyer, Mr. Beluolisa Nwofor (SAN), told the apex court on Thursday that he had not been able to file an appeal against the Wednesday’s judgment of the Court of Appeal because copies of the judgment had not been ready.


Governor Segun Mimiko addressing the press after the Court of Appeal handed his candidate victory


BREAKING: Jimoh Ibrahim loses in Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court has struck out all the interlocutory appeals filed by the Ali Sheriff faction of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.


Mr. Sheriff insists he is the authentic chairman of the PDP. However, a Court of Appeal in Abuja on Wednesday declared Ahmed Makarfi the authentic PDP leader.


A PDP aspirant in Ondo, Jimoh Ibrahim, had hoped that the Supreme Court would grant the appeals which would have returned him as the candidate of the party for Saturday’s governorship election.


Mr. Ibrahim was chosen as PDP candidate by the Ali Sheriff faction.


Eyitayo Jegede of the Ahmed Makarfi faction was declared authentic PDP candidate by the Appeal Court on Wednesday.


Details later…

“We Are Ready For Reconcilliation” – Sheriff-Led PDP Says

The Ali Modu Sheriff-led faction of the PDP says it is ready to reconcile with the Ahmed Markafi-led faction.

Prof. Wale Oladipo, National Secretary of the Sheriff factihe disclosure while addressing newsmen on Thursday in Abuja.

Oladipo said some eminent Nigerians, some of whom were apolitical, had been meeting with the feuding parties with a view to resolving the lingering crisis.

He said both Sheriff and Markafi attended a peace meeting initiated by these Nigerians, adding that an agreement was reached for an amicable resolution of the crisis.

“The two leaders have agreed that a 24- man committee of committed PDP leaders and members from all over the country will be formed to chart the way forward for our party.

“This is with a view to bringing this unnecessary crisis to a stop and making sure that our party comes out of it stronger.

“Sheriff is out of the country, as soon as he comes back, himself and Makarfi ?will put this committee together.

“This committee will be mandated to quickly come up with a template and make PDP what it used to be with the restored vision of its founding fathers.

“?We are working to selecting the 12 members that will join the other 12 to form the committee to resolve the crisis,” Oladipo said.

Oladipo disclosed that Sheriff was in touch with his National Working Committee on the peace move from his base abroad.

“He is speaking with us and the names are being compiled; we will talk with the other side before we make anything public.

“I can assure you that we are ready,” he said.

He said that the party would ensure that there would be timeline for the peace move, adding that it would be flexible and realistic.

“It will be realistic and flexible because we want a holistic solution that can withstand the test of time,” Oladipo said.
On the date for the inauguration of the peace committee, Oladipo said that both Sheriff and Makarfi would meet and decide that.

On the Edo election, he said the party would engage legal means to contest the outcome of the governorship poll.

PDP BOT Urges Sheriff To Quit In 2018

After series of horse trading and compromises, the Board of Trustees, BoT, of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, yesterday agreed to the extension of the tenure of chairman of the Party, Senator Ali Modu, by two years.

He is to now quit office in 2018 to allow for the emergence of a chairman from the southern part of the country, while the north produces the party’s presidential candidate for 2019 election.

On their part, the chairman of the party and its governors dropped the proposal to amend the party’s constitution at the forthcoming convention in Portharcourt, while also promising to revisit the conduct of state congresses that were contentious in some states. The Board also confirmed the position of its chairman, Senator Jibril Wali, who had been in acting capacity, while also appointing Ambassador Ojo Maduekwe as secretary of the board.


While Jibril was appointed unanimously, Ojo Maduekwe’s appointment followed the stepping down of his sole challenger, Senator Stella Omu. Addressing journalists after a marathon meeting of the board that lasted for more than six hours, the Secretary of the board, Ambassador Ojo Maduekwe, said the decisions arrived at the meeting were borne out of the over all interest of the unity of the party. According to him, the decisions arrived at by the Board were done after ‘intensive and heated arguments’ which he said had helped in moving the party “away from the brink.

He said “inspite of the well articulated reservations by some members of the board calling for postponement of the forthcoming convention in Portharcourt, we have decided to support the National Executive Committee of the party that the convention should hold.” He added that the Board arrived at the decisions based on consensus, since a divided BoT would portend a “divided conscience of the party”. It would be recalled that members of the BOT had been stridently opposed to the continuation of Senator Sheriff in office, while faulting the process of his emergence which they said did not agree with the principles of equity and justice that the party professed.


Addressing the meeting earlier, the National Chairman, Ali Modu Sheriff, who spoke shortly before the party’s BOT went into a closed door meeting, said the proposed constitution amendment which he said he inherited from the former leadership of the party had been suspended while states and zones where the outcome of congresses had been controversial would be reviewed by the party.


The decisions by the national chairman of party were seen as a way of pacifying some members of the party who had mobilized against his leadership, leading to the setting up of a parallel leadership structure to take over from the chairman when his tenure expires on May 21, 2016. He said the party’s position that the presidency was zoned to the North remained unchanged and would be ratified at the party’s national convention in Port Harcourt later this month.


Sheriff apologized to Professor Jerry Gana for some uncomplimentary remarks made against him by one of his aides, Inuwa Bwala, who threatened to drag Gana to EFCC for collecting loan in the name of PDP. Earlier in his welcome address, the acting chairman of the Board of Trustees, Senator Jibril Wali, said there was the need for members of the party to bury the hatchet and act in the interest of the party. He commended the national chairman of the party for the moves he had so far made for the unity of the party and urged him to sustain the momentum. Some members of the board in attendance at the meeting include Ibrahim Mantu, Tom Ikimi, Adolphus Wabara, Chris Uba, Josephine Anenih, Ojo Maduekwe, Shettima Mustapha, Professor Tunde Adeniran, Esther Audu, Stella Omu, Ina Ciroma, Vincent Ogbulafor, Jerry Gana, Tanimu Turaki, Mike Oghiadome, Ahmadu Ali, Bode George, Dan Suleiman, Margret Icheen, among others 14 0



BoT Members, Others Shun PDP NEC Meeting

The crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party became more visible on Thursday as majority members of its Board of Trustees, National Caucus and others stayed away from its National Executive Committee meeting which was held in Abuja.

BoT members and others were said to have been angered by the decision of the national leadership of the party to hold NEC meeting without following due process.

Traditionally, NEC meeting is held after both the BoT and the National Caucus of the party must have met.

However, the National Chairman of the party, Ali Modu Sheriff, was said to have tactically refused to call for the meetings of the two organs of the party before he hurriedly called for the NEC meeting.

Both the BoT and the National Caucus ought to have reviewed issues slated for discussion at the NEC meeting.

It was gathered that Sheriff decided not to allow the two meetings to hold because of the resolve of their members to oppose the recommendation of the zoning committee.

The committee, headed by the Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Udom Emmanuel, had recommended that the next national chairman of the party should come from the North-East.

Sheriff, a former governor of Borno State, is the only formidable candidate from the zone contesting the position of the national chairman at the party’s national convention slated for May 21 in Port Harcourt.

Earlier in the day, a member of the BoT from the North-East, had called the attention of our correspondent to what he described as an “open confrontation” to the members of the board and the national caucus by Sheriff’s style of leadership.

The BoT member said, “We were not told about the NEC meeting. Text messages were sent to the people they wanted to be there. Ordinarily, the meeting of the BoT and the National Caucus ought to have been on Tuesday and Wednesday before the NEC meeting.

“At these two meetings, we would have reviewed the report of the zoning committee and take a position on the zoning of the office of the national chairman to the North-East. We wouldn’t have supported it.

“It is apparent that these set of leaders want to kill the party, but God in His infinite mercy won’t allow it. We would regroup to take action.”

Only the Acting Chairman of the BoT, Walid Jibrin, and two other members were seeing at the meeting.

Apparently aware of the anger of the members of the Board, Jibrin said that the exclusion of the BoT members from the meeting was not deliberate.

Jibrin said, “The exclusion of the BoT members from the meeting is not deliberate and I appeal to all members of the BoT that they should not take offence that there was no meeting of the BoT.

“We will have another meeting after this one. We are very aware of the various meetings everywhere, I have decided that I will not attend any meeting apart from the properly organised meetings, because we have to be very careful in the way we hold meetings these days.

“Anyway, we have to use these meetings positively in a way that they will benefit the party.

“Many of us who are founding members of the PDP will not leave the PDP and the PDP will never die.

“We will continue to be in the PDP and whatever mistake is there we will remain there to correct and make our contributions because leaving the PDP is not the answer.”

Meanwhile, the National Executive Committee of the PDP has approved the zoning of the party’s national offices.

The party took the decision at its poorly-attended NEC meeting in Abuja on Thursday.

The new officers are to be elected at the party’s national convention slated for May 21 in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

The zoning, as released by the party are National Chairman(North-East), Deputy National Chairman (South-South), National Secretary(South-West), Deputy National Secretary(North-Central), National Organising Secretary (South-East) and Deputy National organising Secretary(North-Central).

Others are National Treasurer(South-South), Deputy National Treasurer (North-West), National Legal Adviser (North-West), Deputy National Legal Adviser (South-South), Woman Leader (North-West), Deputy Woman Leader(South-South), Financial Secretary (North-Central), Deputy Financial Secretary (South-East), National Auditor (South-West), Deputy National Auditor (North-East), National Youth Leader (South-East), Deputy National Youth Leader(North-West, National Publicity Secretary (South-West) and Deputy National Publicity Secretary (North-Central).


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National Convention: PDP Chairman Constitutes Four Committees

The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Sen. Ali Modu Sheriff, has constituted four special committees to organise the national convention and rebuild the party.


This is contained in a statement signed by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh and issued to newsmen on Sunday in Abuja.


The statement said that the committees were constituted in line with the decision of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party in preparation for the convention.


It named the committees as national convention, reconciliation, zoning and finance.


The statement said that the national convention committee had Rivers governor Nyesom Wike as chairman, Gov. Dairus Ishiaku of Taraba as deputy chairman and Gov. Dave Umahi of Ebonyi as secretary.


“Similarly, the reconciliation committee has Bayelsa governor Seriake Dickson as chairman and Sen. Ibrahim Mantu as deputy chairman.

“The finance committee has Gombe state governor Ibrahim Dankwambo as chairman and Sen. Godswill Akpabio as deputy chairman.

“In the same vein, the zoning committee has Akwa-Ibom governor Emmanuel Udom as chairman and Mr Kelechi Igwe as secretary.”

The statement said that the committees would be inaugurated by Sheriff on April 5 at the party’s national secretariat at 2 p.m.



PDP BOT Advises Sheriff Not To Extend His 3 Months Tenure

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Board of Trustees (BOT) has advised Sen. Ali Modu Sheriff, the PDP National Chairman not to extend his tenure beyond May.


The acting Chairman of BOT, Walid Jubrin, who gave the advice while addressing newsmen on Tuesday in Abuja, urged Sheriff to heed the advise and not stay in office beyond three months.


Jubrin said that the advice became necessary “following calls by praise singers who were calling on Sheriff to extend his tenure.”


He explained that following the unanimous approval of Sheriff by PDP Governor’s Forum, the National Caucus, BOT and the National Executive Committee, the tenure, as well as that of the National Working Committee (NWC) should terminate on May 21.


He added that “the above responsible bodies have approved that the tenure of the national officers will end immediately after the convention when new officers are duly elected.

“The present NWC received an overwhelming ovation at the meeting of the national caucus, BOT and NEC by overlooking their 2017 tenure in support of the three months approval of the respected organs of the party which should strictly be complied with.

“Instead of listening to praise singers, Sheriff should follow the path of honour by simply taking a bow in May 2016 after the national convention.

“The recent courtesy calls to Sheriff and the presentations being made, especially calling on him to continue beyond the stipulated three months tenure is an invitation to trouble, anarchy and the return of impunity in PDP.”


Jubrin urged Sheriff to come out clearly to exonerate himself from such tenure elongation plan and maintain his stand on the three months given him by NEC.


According to him, if he does that, his honour and integrity will be more respected and will remain in the PDP record book of achievers.

The acting Chairman of BOT also advised the party to adhere to Sen. Ike Ekweremadu Post-Election Review Committee’s recommendation that the PDP should seek its 2019 presidential candidate from the Northern part of the country.


He warned of the dangers of not adhering to the recommendations aimed at compensating the North “for the obvious violation of the zoning arrangement in the 2011 election.”


According to Jubrin, this led to a major apathy against the party in the north from 2011, culminating in the poor performance of the party in the 2015 elections.


“The national caucus, BOT, and NEC have already approved this recommendation by unanimously zoning 2019 presidency to the north.

“To change this decision now is a further invitation to impunity, the lack of party democracy, non-adherence to party zoning principles, influence of ‘god fatherism’, the lack of respect for the decision of constituted party organs, self-imposition and killing the PDP.

“Anyone who attempts to reverse the position by changing it with another position will ever remain an enemy to the north, a mercenary and killer of PDP.

“All members of the party must unite not to allow themselves to be bought by anyone and not to be tempted with anything to divide and rule us.

“All PDP members must be ready to cooperate to say final bye-bye to impunity, the lack of internal democracy, god-fatherism and naked exhibition of mans inhumanity to man by man.”


He added that the BOT would resist any move by anybody to destroy the good foundation set by the PDP founding fathers and mothers and shall remain the conscience of the party.


Jubrin maintained that the above submission was done based on the powers given to BOT in PDP party constitution part ix section 32 5(a) (b) (c) (g) and 6.


He added that the party’ s BOT intended to meet next week to further strengthen its position in support of the last decision of the caucus, BOT, and NEC.


According to him, other items on the agenda for the meeting include membership of BOT sub -committees.


He added that the BOT was also expected to be briefed by Sheriff on the approved PDP congresses and convention committees of finance, zoning and reconciliation.



PDP Will Reclaim Power In Jigawa By 2019 – Sheriff

National Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Sen. Ali Modu Sheriff, has expressed optimism that the party will reclaim Jigawa in the 2019 general elections.


Sheriff said this while addressing a delegation of PDP mambers led by Alhaji Tukur Ganza, who paid him a solidarity visit in Abuja on Tuesday.


Sheriff said the party would do everything democratically possible to reclaim the state, which he said was PDP stronghold.


”We lost the election not because PDP was not strong in Jigawa, but it was the movement at that time ?that caused it.

“Now, we have learnt from our mistakes. So, it is a matter of time. All the people who left our party in Jigawa will come back.

“The leadership of the PDP today will ensure that no one is lagging behind”, Sheriff said.


Earlier, Ganza said the group’s visit was to support the emergence of Sheriff as PDP national chairman.


He said that the group believed in the capability of Sheriff to revive the party.



PDP Is Putting Its House In Order For Victory – Sheriff

The National Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Sen. Ali Modu Sheriff, says the party is putting its house in order to achieve victory in future elections.


Sheriff made the observation when he received a delegation of PDP in Benue State led by its Chairman, Mr Agbo Emmanuel in Abuja on Monday.


He said by the time the party reconciled with its aggrieved members, it would make the desire attainable.


“Winning rerun election at this time in Benue state is very important to us in PDP because we always say that Benue State is for PDP.

“It is our in house problem that created what made us to lose election and we are putting our house in order.

“I have promised to talk with everybody to come back to enable us to rebuild the party so that we can work as a team’’, Sheriff said.


He commended the leadership and members of the party in Benue over the re-election of Sen. David Mark in the Benue South Senatorial rerun election.


“The victory of Mark is a clear demonstration that Benue is for PDP.


He also commended them for not taking the laws into their hands on the ongoing attack in some parts of the state.


He said he would present their matter to the Inspector General of Police and other security agencies for appropriate action.


“As a party, we will be law abiding but our rights should not be taken for granted; for us leaders here, we will follow it up to make sure that none of our members are intimidated for nothing.’’


Earlier, Emmanuel said the delegation was at the party headquarters to brief Sheriff on the state of PDP in Benue state.


Emmanuel stated that the state chapter of the party was doing well as demonstrated by the party’s candidate Sen. Mark’s victory in the Benue South Senatorial rerun elections.

He, however, said that the party faced serious challenge following the victory of Mark in the last re-run.


“Several members of our party were beaten, severely injured and maimed while also having their properties worth millions of naira destroyed.

“It is noteworthy that in spite of these acts of brigandage, the people of Benue South stood their ground and voted massively to elect Senator David Mark as their Senator.


The chairman added however that opposition All Progressives Congress had refused to accept defeat.


“Benue had also witnessed massive attacks on several communities in Agatu Local Government Area. This resulted in the loss of hundreds of lives and property worth billions of naira.

“We have reason to believe that this recent attack on the Agatu people was punishment for their resolve to vote overwhelmingly for Sen. Mark.‘’


He called on Sheriff to use his good offices to call attention of the Federal Government and the international community to the plight of people of the Benue South Senatorial District.



PDP Rescue Group Calls On Ali Modu-Sheriff To Resign

A group of concerned Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) stakeholders and elders have called on the new National Chairman of the party, Sen. Ali Modu-Sheriff, to resign.


The group, under the aegis of PDP Rescue Group led by Amb. Wilberforce Juta, who also contested for PDP chairmanship, made the call during a news conference on Sunday in Abuja.


Juta said that the party leaders were upset about Modu-Sheriff’s appointment as PDP national chairman.


He said “most PDP members did not see in Sheriff a model of impeccable integrity that the party badly needed to lead it at this critical moment.

“We are upset by the decision of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party in appointing Ali Modu-Sherrif as national chairman.

“We are convinced that this decision is against the will and wish of the generality of members.

“We know for a fact the North-East Zonal wing, having been directed by the National Caucus of the party to forward nominees from the zone, did not nominate Modu-Sheriff for the position of national chairman.

“Consequently, Modu-Sheriff should do the needful by stepping down honourably as it is evident that party members nationwide have overwhelmingly rejected him.’’


He said that the current leadership crisis in PDP was a challenge to every Nigerian.


He emphasised that “having the PDP destroyed by acts of error of judgment as being witnessed now is denying Nigeria of a strong opposition party that is badly needed if Nigeria’s democracy is to be strengthened and all tendencies toward civilian dictatorship checked.


“The crisis must challenge all party members to action to halt the party from further drift. The plan of PDP Rescue Group is to mobilise party members and leaders to help attain this noble goal.

“It is, therefore, critical if the PDP must come back to national reckoning, that we remodel its leadership on the platform of honesty as required by the party manifesto.’’


He then urged all party organs to rise to the challenge by insisting on the removal of Modu-Sheriff.

Juta also urged the different organs, as well as past and present leaders to commence the search for persons with high integrity, strategic insight and fear of God Almighty to lead the party.

“It is our considered view that we endeavour to elect only those with discernible traits,” he said.

He called for early Congresses and National Convention of the party to elect new leaders as the term of the current leadership was due to end in March 2016.

He said “under no guise should the tenure of the current leadership of the party be extended, if we must make the needed fresh beginning.”


While answering questions, former President of the Senate, Adolphus Wabara, who is the Deputy Chairman of the group, said Modu-Sheriff’s appointment was imposed on the party.


A former Deputy Governor of Sokoto Sate and Secretary of the group, Alhaji Mukhtari Shagari also called on Modu-Sheriff to resign.
Shagari added that leaders of the party could not sit down and allow the party to die.


Others at the briefing include John Odey, Alhaji Kabiru Mohammed, Dr Akilu Indabawa, Dr Umar Ardo, Mr Bashir Maidugu, Hon. Mohammed Kabir, Dr Pogu Bitrus, Lancelot Anyanya, Hon. Muyiwa Oladimeji.




Ali Modu Sheriff To Head PDP

The National Caucus of the Peoples Democratic Party may have settled for Senator Ali Modu Sheriff as the next chairman of the party.

The former governor of Borno State and a former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, were drafted into the race by the members of the party’s National Caucus in Abuja at their meeting which ended in the early hours of Tuesday in Abuja.

The meeting was held at Ondo Governor’s Lodge, Asokoro.

It was attended by governors of the party and others.

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PDP Drops Ali Modu Sheriff As Senatoral Candidate

Reports say that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has dropped the former governor of the state, Ali Modu Sheriff as its senatorial candidate for Borno Central zone.

Sheriff’s name was noticeably absent from the final list of senatorial candidates released by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on its website after PDP had initially adopted him as its candidate ahead of February general election. The ex-governor’s name was reportedly replaced by Muhammad Baba Kachalla, 49, for Borno Central senatorial district.

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Ali Modu Sheriff Opens Up on Boko Haram

Reports say that former governor of Borno State, Ali Modu Sheriff, reveals all he knows about boko haram in an interview with BBC Hausa in Abuja. Read his statements below:

“This is not true. The Boko Haram issue did not start during my tenure. If you don’t know, let me educate you today. Boko Haram started in 1992 at Kalama in Yobe State, and at that time, I was not a governor. So, if anybody tells you it started during my tenure, he may be part of my traducers. But the truth is that it didn’t start during my tenure.”

The senator stressed that Chad could possibly help Nigeria with solving the insurgency problem, however he kept mute on how it could be achieved.

“Nothing preoccupies my mind in Nigeria presently like the return of peace in Borno. When Borno State was peaceful, there was no place I cherished to stay in the world like Maiduguri. I, my friends, my confidants, my parents and all the schools I attended are in Maiduguri.

“Therefore, I am more concerned than anybody in this country, because what Borno State did for me has not been done to any other indigene. You know, in Borno State, a governor has never been re-elected apart from me; in Borno State, no senator has ever been elected thrice apart from me. So, Borno people have done everything for me, and there is no one in this world that I know other than Chad, which I think could help Borno.”

Reacting to the “Boko Haram sponsor” saga, Sheriff expressed confidence that it had been an orchestrated plot by Borno tops to defame his character.

“They defamed my character, and when they started it, I once told journalists that it was plotted in Maiduguri. We know the plotters, their motives, and that by the grace of God, the truth will prevail; and now, the arrested impostors have said it all to the world.”