PDP crisis: Sheriff rejects call for his resignation
– The newly sworn-in PDP chairman, Ali Modu Sheriff has rejected the widespread calls for his resignation – He insisted that his mandate was to resposition the party ahead of 2019 general elections – Sheriff also warned that the days where only a few decides for the party was over as the party is going back to its real owners – the people The embattled national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Senator Ali Modu Sherrif has insisted on Monday, February 22, that he will not bow to pressure from some section of the party calling for his resignation.
No sooner that the news hit town that former governor of Borno state and alleged sponsor of the dreaded Boko Haram sect was appointed chairman of the main opposition party, some members of the PDP have been mounting pressure on Sherrif to leave office.
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The PDP chairman begged aggrieved members to work with him in order to reposition the party ahead of 2019 general elections. He made this plea when he formally took over as the chairman of the party promising that he will work with relevant organs of the party to ensure that PDP conduct credible congress and convention. Sheriff dismissed the widespread calls by some members that he should resign his position explaining that his resignation would not be in the best interest of the party, adding that he was drafted by members of the National Executive Committee to reposition the party.
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The former governor was responding to call by the PDP Rescue Group who on Sunday that asked him to resign his position as his appointment was not popular by the generality of the people. Sheriff pointed out that his responsibility is to ensure that the party returns to its owners – the people at the grassroots, saying that the era where just few people dictate how the party should be run is over. In a related development, a former avaition minister and chieftain of the PDP, Femi Fani-Kayode had insisted that Sheriff has ties with Boko Haram terrorists and cannot lead the party. He added that the former governor is “intrinsically linked with Boko Haram”.
Tuesday, 23 February 2016
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