Ali Modu Sheriff Set To Step Down

By Ikenga Chronicles December 15, 2016

Ali Modu Sheriff Set To Step Down

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Wednesday, December 14 gained one over the ruling All Progressives Congress(APC)as the embattled factional leader of the PDP, Ali Modu Sheriff decided to stop playing the ‘’spoiler role.’’

Recall that the embattled factional chairman has allegedly been a heavy asset to the APC having polarised the opposition party to the advantages of the ruling APC.

It was widely believe that the alleged spoiler role of Sheriff would give President Muhammadu Buhari an edge over the PDP come 2019.

Addressing members of the FCT chapter of the party who paid him a solidarity visit in Abuja, Sheriff said he will stop claiming to be the national chairman of the party, if the chairman of the PDP National Caretaker Committee, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, also agrees to step down.

Another condition is for the dissolution of the National Caretaker Committee constituted by the National Convention of the party.

He said he has already conveyed his position to the National Caretaker Committee without any positive response from them.

“Permit me therefore to state that I have in all sincerity tried to resolve this crisis. I have offered that both the caretaker committee and NWC be dissolved to give way for a new independent leadership.”

“But the caretaker committee has refused to agree to anything except to recognise and let them run the party till 2018. We have therefore resigned our faith to the decision of their lordships of the Court of Appeal and Supreme Courts. However, we are ready to return to the negotiation table today if Makarfi sees reason to do so.’’

While denying claims that he is surreptitiously working for the ruling APC to undermine the PDP, Senator Sheriff said he is a victim of blackmail.

“I have been blackmailed to the extent that I am alleged to be sponsored by the APC to build a one party system.

“Contradictorily, I have been accused at the same time of staying on to stage my emergence as the presidential candidate of the PDP. This is the extent to which the illegal caretaker committee can go to hold on to power. Blackmail has been their stock in trade.”

“My detractors have alluded to the fact that I sponsored Boko Haram. This is in spite of the fact that Boko Haram was completely annihilated under my tenure as Governor of Borno State. Five members of my immediate family and close associates lost their lives in the fight against insurgency.”

“As soon as I left office, Boko Haram grew wings. The murder of our gubernatorial candidate paved way for the emergence of others to take office. Allah knows the heart of all men.”

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