PDP Must Not Die in Your Hands, Anenih Tells Sheriff


By Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja

Party elder and former chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Tony Anenih has asked the court-reinstated national chairman of the party, Ali Modu Sheriff to make sure that the party does not die in his hands.
THISDAY gathered from a reliable source that Anenih advised Sheriff and his loyal- ists who had a closed-door meeting in his house yester- day that he should utilise the opportunity available to him to reach out to all aggrieved members so as to rebuild and reunite the party.
Although both Anenih and Sheriff failed to give details of what transpired during their less than 30 minutes meeting when Journalists posed ques- tions to them, it was learnt that the chief offered what could be regarded as hard choices for a return of peace.
However, when asked to shed more light on his discussions with Sheriff, the former Minister of Works and Housing, said: “I have spoken to my son and he will carry out my advice.” When prodded further, Anenih said that he would not disclose the issues since “it is a family matter”
On his part, Sheriff said his team had a very fruitful deliberations with the former BoT chairman, “and was offered suggestions” on what should be done to rebuild the PDP.

“Anenih is not just a former PDP BoT member; he is a leader in Nigeria. This PDP we are enjoying today and  everybody is claiming, if there are two founding fathers, he will be among them. I came to consult him, I came to inform him about the situation we are in and he as the father who founded this party should be able to guide and advise us on how to restore the party to its 1999 status. He has given advice on what do on all the matters.”

The former National Vice Chairman of the PDP (South- South), Dr. Cairo Ojougboh who was appointed by Sheriff to serve as Deputy Chairman (South) in replacement of Prince Uche Secondus, told journalist yesterday that he would be ready to step-down if that would bring about peace.