By Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja
As efforts to broker peace in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) continue to hit the rocks, the immediate past deputy national publicity secretary of the party, Abdullahi Jalo, has said the former national chairman, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff is desperate to destroy the party.
He said the current posture of the former governor of Borno state is like a man on a ‘suicide mission’ to destroy an entity he has benefited from.
Speaking to journalists on Wednesday in Abuja, Jalo said that Sheriff has failed to stick to his conditions for truce, adding that he keeps shifting his conditions, including the latest condition that the Board of Trustees (BoT) chairman, Senator Walid Jibrin, must resign.
Jalo, who frowned on the recalcitrant posture of Sheriff, said that the former chairman fell out with Governors Olusegun Mimiko (Ondo State), Ayodele Fayose (Ekiti), Nyesom Wike (Rivers) and Emmanuel Udom (Akwa Ibom) because he promised separately to give all of them the vice presidential ticket for 2019 if he emerges presidential candidate.
“It is an instrument of coercion that made our August 17 convention to be aborted. Is Ali Modu Sheriff on suicidal mission to destroy the PDP? Why should he say the convention should be aborted? And if the federal government says it has no hand in the PDP crisis, where did Ali Modu Sheriff get the security forces from, to stop the convention. Does Ali Sheriff have his Police?” he queried.
Jalo said that the former governor was sacked at the May 21 non-elective convention of the party in Port Harcourt because of his “inconsistency and deceit” in handling the affairs of the party in addition to the expiration of his three months’ tenure.