Sheriff’s Hardline Stance Threatens Fresh PDP Peace Moves

  • Jerry Gana committee considers compromise position.

Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja

The end to the leadership crisis in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is not yet in sight as fresh peace overtures initiated by the party’s Board of Trustees to broker a settlement with the ousted national chairman, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, has failed to yield a positive result.

Sheriff, who was expected to go back on his demands and accept to reunite with his party, rather stuck to his demands that the national caretaker committee is illegal and as such should be disbanded before peace can return.

At the closed-door meeting with Sheriff on Tuesday night, the 18-member BoT reconciliation committee led by Prof. Jerry Gana agreed to go back and make further consultations on possible concessions to the former chairman.

Sheriff had insisted that as a condition to end his fight, that the party must postpone the August 17 national convention, reconstitute the convention planning committee and ensure that a new venue other than Port Harcourt in Rivers state be chosen.
He accused some leaders of the party of being part of PDP lingering crisis.

The embittered former national chairman agreed during the BoT intervention to make concession and possibly end his struggle to hold on to office, but only if the process for easing him out of office is in accordance with the PDP Constitution.

” I say no to the convention in Port Harcourt on the 17th. The date and venue must be set by all stakeholders and approved by NEC,” he said.