After numerous failed reconciliation attempts, factional Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ali Modu Sheriff has given conditions upon which the crisis in the party can be resolved and peace allowed to reign.
In an interview with Thisday newspapers, the former governor declared his readiness to reconcile with the caretaker committee led by Ahmed Makarfi provided the party’s constitution is strictly adhered to.
The party has been embroiled in a leadership crisis since May 22, 2016 when the party was divided into the Makarfi and Sheriff camps after the failed national convention. Since then, numerous attempts have been made to resolve the crisis to no avail.
According to Sheriff, one of the conditions that must be fulfilled and which is paramount is that he will remain the chairman of the party pending the time another election is conducted. He stated that “the constitution says when a chairman resigns, the NEC would appoint another person from the zone of the former chairman to act, pending the election of a substantive chairman. As long as there is no elective chairman I remain the National Chairman.”
He faulted the constitution of the convention committee and categorically stated that “we have to reconstitute the convention committee properly and put in place a zoning committee that is based on the principles laid down by the party constitution, which does not recognise caretaker committee at the national level.”
He added that only the National Executive Committee could constitute the committees and if the provisions of the constitution were followed he remained the only national chairman that could summon the meeting of the NEC for this purpose.
He stressed that he is concerned about putting an end to the culture of impunity prevalent among leaders of the party who have no regard for the party’s rules and regulations and are poised to lord themselves over the party members.
“They are used to doing things the way they like. They can elect a national chairman today and throw him away like toilet paper tomorrow,” he said.
Sheriff disclosed that he won’t accept “anyone who has soiled his hands” to lead the reconciliation even as he dismissed the Professor Jerry Gana-led reconciliation committee while reposing confidence in the reconciliation committee led by Governor Seriake Dickson who he said had the authority of the party to act in that stead and facilitate the reconciliation.