MEMBERS of the Board of Trustees, BoT, of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, on Monday, February 22, after their meeting called on Ali Modu Sheriff, national chairman of the party, to resign.
Walid Jibrin, acting BoT chairman, who presided over the meeting held at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja, spoke on behalf of the trustees, saying as the conscience of the PDP, the BoT was in the best position to know the right candidate for the job.
The trustees, he said, were consulting with other organs of the party on easing out Sheriff.
“We are going to propose viable solution to this problem after we must have consulted with other organs and relevant stakeholders in the party,” Jibrin said. He declined further comments.
At the meeting were Jerry Gana, Chief Ojo Maduekwe, Alhaji Shuabu Oyedokun, Air Commodore Dan Suleiman, Senator Stella Omu, Senator Jonah Jang, Mrs. Josephine Anenih, Senator Adolphus Wabara, Abdullahi Kure and Maina Waziri, among others.
But Sheriff begged his opponents to forgive him.
The former Borno State governor, who spoke at the party secretariat shortly after he officially took over the leadership, said he would not step down.
“I won’t resign because the leadership of the party, in their wisdom, chose me to lead the PDP for the purpose of rebuilding and repositioning the party at this critical period,” Sheriff said.
The chairman said he would promptly embark on consultations with opposing groups and stakeholders with the view to seeking reconciliation and acceptance from all.
“I will leave no stone unturned. I will go to everybody for support. I will bring everybody on board. Let those who were not consulted before I was appointed forgive all of us for whatever wrongs have been made.
“Let us put our differences behind us so that we can overcome our challenges and rebuild the party together. If all stakeholders agree to build the party, PDP will become the biggest party in Nigeria again,” Sheriff pleaded.
According to him, it is normal for people to be aggrieved in such situations, but, in his view, the aggrieved parties should explore internal mechanisms to resolve the differences.
He described aggrieved parties as those who truly love the PDP, adding however that going to the media with their grievances would not solve the problem.
— Feb 23, 2016 @ 18:30 GMT