Wednesday, 30 March 2016

PDP chairman 'Sheriff' must leave may 21st- PDP BOT

Ali- modu Sheriff
The Board of Trustees (BOT) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have vowed to disengage any move made by the party’s national chairman, Ali Modu Sheriff or his loyalists to extend his tenure  beyond May 21.

The present acting BOT chairman Senator Walid Jibrin yesterday, March 29 warned that any move by Sheriff to covertly extend his tenure beyond the agreed date could throw the party into trouble, The Nation reports.

Jibrin reacting to alleged moves by Ali Modu Sheriff to either remain in office or make sure that the office of the national chairman is zoned to the north-east in order to enable him retain the seat, urged the former Borno state governor to ignore those he described as sycophants and praise singers and to vacate the seat after the party’s national convention. 

The tenure of Sheriff was meant to end by May 21 in order to allow the former governor to organise the national convention, which will herald the arrival of new national officers. 

Sheriff was also mandated by the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party to set up four committees in preparation for the convention. 

However, The Punch reports that Sheriff’s refusal to name the members of the committees has fueled speculation that the ex-governor is planning to stay beyond his tenure. 

But Jibrin warned that any move by Sheriff to go against the earlier agreement of the party could lead to the death of PDP. 

He said: “I want to advice Senator Ali Modu Sherif on the consequences of the evil machinations of praise singers and prophets of doom on the approval of the PDP Governors’ Forum, National Causes, BOT and the NEC terminating his tenure and that of the NWC on May 21, 2016. 

“The above responsible bodies have approved that the tenure of national officers will end after the convention. 

“The NWC received an overwhelming ovation and admiration 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, Modu Sherif should follow the path of honour and integrity by simply taking a bow in May 2016 after the national convention. 

“The recent courtesy calls to the National Chairman 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.

“May I also strongly warn on the dangers of not adhering to the recommendations of Senator Ike Ekweremadu’s Post Election Review Committee (2015) that the party should seek its 2019 presidential candidate from the North of Nigeria to compensate for the obvious violation of the zoning arrangement in the 2011 election which 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, lack of party democracy, non-adherence to party zoning principles, influence of godfatherism, lack of respect for the decision of constituted party organs, self-imposition, and killing the PDP. 

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

However, reacting to the warning by Senator Walid Jibrin, Sheriff in a statement through his special assistant on media, Inuwa Bwala, said: The PDP National Chairman has consistently stated that he would not spend one day beyond the time he had to serve the party.

Source- The Nation

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