Only Judiciary Can Resolve PDP Crisis – Modu Sheriff, Factional Leader
Only Judiciary Can Resolve PDP Crisis – Modu Sheriff, Factional Leader –
By SOLA SADIQ –
Factional Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Sen. Ali Modu Sheriff, has vowed not to accept any political solution to the seemingly intractable crisis currently rocking the party.
Speaking during an interview monitored on Channels Television, Sheriff declared that only the judiciary has the final say on who is the authentic national chairman of the party between him and Sen. Ahmed Makarfi, who is believed to have the support of majority of the 12 governors produced by the party.
He said: “I did not beg anyone to become the national chairman; I was begged and persuaded to come and rescue the party. The election that produced me as chairman followed due process and I believe if I should be removed, due process must be followed. Few people cannot sit somewhere and decide for millions of party members.
“This is not about me. I have been a two-term governor and a two-term senator in addition to being the Minority Leader of the Senate. My take is that the people must be allowed to choose their leaders. Once the court delivers its judgement on the crisis, we would all come together to put our house in order.”
Blaming lack of internal democracy and impunity for the party’s defeat in the last governorship election in Ondo State, Sheriff said he had on four occasions discussed and agreed with Makarfi on how to resolve the parry’s crisis, only for the latter to renege on the agreements reached.
For the umpteenth time, Sheriff denied any link with the dreaded Boko Haram group, saying the accusation was the handiwork of politicians in Borno State “who were not comfortable with my large followership.”
Speaking on his relationship with the late Mohammed Yusuf, the founding Leader of the insurgency group, Sheriff disclosed, “I never knew Yusuf from anywhere. I met him for the first time at the police headquarters after he was arrested by the Army. It remains a mystery to me how he died after I left.”