GOVERNORS Forum of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and the party’s Board of Trustees, BoT, have both kicked against the leadership of Ali Modu Sheriff as the party’s national chairman.
Reacting to the Court of Appeal judgement in Port Harcourt Court, on Friday, 17, which affirmed Sheriff as the party chairman at expense of Ahmed Makarfi-led national caretaker committee of the party, they both said in separate statements that Sheriff had no clout to lead the party.
Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State and chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum, who spoke on behalf of the governors in Abuja on Friday, February 17, said the appellate court ruling reinstating Sheriff was “against the will of the people,” and “nothing but a rape of our democracy.”
Fayose said further: “If the people truly symbolizes what a party is, then the machination of our detractors and the anti-democratic organs will not prevail at last.
“We commend the minority judgment of the lower court and we believe the truth will prevail. Thank God we have another opportunity to seek justice at the Supreme Court, which I believe will not be delayed or denied.
“The party will appeal the judgement as we believe in the ability of the judiciary to do justice, however we plead with our members, leaders and supporters to calm down as we keep hope alive.
“If this is a price to pay, to keep our democracy alive and opposition strengthened, we are prepared to go the whole hug.”
Besides, the governor said that the party organs would meet soon and take concrete steps and decisions on the way forward.
Speaking in the same vein, Walid Jibrin, chairman of the BoT, said that the party organs would soon meet to review the judgement and take necessary actions. Jibrin insisted that the governors, the BoT, and other organs of the PDP “are behind Makarfi and its committee.”
— Feb 27, 2017 @ 01:00 GMT