- Rescue Group insists on March expiry date
Group accuses BoT members of corruption
Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja
The Board of Trustee (BoT) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) thursday said it had to make a U-turn on its decision not to support Ali Modu Sheriff as the National Chairman of the party so as not to further destroy the unity, cohesion and future successes of the party.
However, the board said Sheriff and all current members of the National Working Committee (NWC) must vacate their positions to give way to a new leadership within the three-month time frame.
Similarly, the PDP Rescue Group made up of leaders like former Deputy Senate President, Adolpus Wabara, ex-Sokoto Deputy Governor, Murktar Shagari and former ministers said it would mobilise members to ensure that Sheriff and the NWC members keep to the March tenure expiry date, insisting that no organ of the party has the power to extend their tenure.
In a communique issued after a meeting held yesterday and signed by the former Deputy Senate President, Senator Ibrahim Mantu, the board also reaffirmed its full confidence in its acting Chairman, Senator Walid Jibrin.
The communique read: “The BoT reviewed the commitment made on its behalf at the stakeholders meeting which was convened by Deputy Senate President, Senator lke Ekweremadu, which resolved that Sheriff who was elected by NEC at its last meeting, be allowed three months tenure within which period congresses and national convention would hold to elect new leaders of the party at all levels.
“The BoT, which is the conscience of the party, has the moral capital to reinvent the party due to its unity of purpose and internal-cohesion. In this connection, in spite of the initial position taken by the BoT, its desire to ensure the unity, cohesion and future successes of the party has necessitated a review of its earlier position.
“Consequently, it resolved to adopt the decisions taken at the stakeholders’ meeting. It however, urges the full and sincere implementation of all the decisions /programmes agreed upon at the stakeholders’ meeting of Wednesday February 23, 2016.
“We appeal to our teeming members and supporters worldwide to remain steadfast as our capacity to reposition the party positively is unquestionable. We thereby reaffirm our full confidence in our acting Chairman Jubrin.”
Meanwhile, the disagreement among stakeholders of the party over the appointment of Sheriff as national chairman may not be over yet as another pressure group, the PDP Rescue Group has faulted the arrangement, saying that the Sheriff-led NWC must leave by March 28.
The group insisted that Sheriff along with the current members of the NWC must vacate office at the expiration of their tenure on March 28, 2016.
Meanwhile a group of PDP, members under the aegis of Restart PDP Project has accused members of the BoT of corruption over their sudden approval and support of Sheriff as chairman of the party.
The group said the swift change of heart of members of the BoT, smacks of corruption and impunity which has been the bane of the party.
In a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Chief Jackson Ude, and signed by the its conveners, Emmanuel Nwosu Butches and Hon. Denis Ukpabio, the group gave Sheriff a one month ultimatum within which to relinquish power or face dare consequences.
The group wondered how within the space of eight hours after a decision to reject the appointment of Sheriff, the BoT swiftly had a change of heart, endorsing the selection of the former Borno State Governor as Chairman of the party.
The group noted that such impunity, corruption and wanton disregard of the overall interest of the party can no longer be tolerated.
The statement reads: “After our meeting held in Abuja today to assess the leadership challenges within the PDP, Restart PDP, a nascent group within the party, with memberships in all the 36 states and the FCT, agreed as follows