…Jutta, Nwabara, Shagari, tasks party to commence new search for a man of integrity
Patrick Osadebamwen, Abuja
The last may not have been heard on the surprising emergence of Senator Ali Modu Sheriff as chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as some leaders of the party has called for his resignation.
The New PDP chairman and former governor of Borno state has been described as a man lacking in integrity and requisite skills to chart the affairs of the party to victories in future elections because he has integrity issues around him.
Some aggrieved chieftains of PDP led by former governor of old Gongola State, Wilberforce Juta, who was also a candidate for the office of the PDP chairman said the call for Sheriff’s resignation was to save the party further embarrassment.
The concerned party members expressed their grievance on the platform of PDP Rescue Group stressing that the emergence of Sheriff was an imposition that will not work in favour of the Party.
Jutta stressed that the imposed chairman was not nominated by any state from the North-east and wondered at how his nomination came about in the screening by the party organs to be imposed as chairman.
PDP Rescue Group noted that the Borno State chapter of the party, a critical organ in the process of fielding a nominee for the replacement for the region has rejected Sheriff.
Juta, who spoke on behalf of the group at a press conference addressed at the Sheraton Hotel and Towers, Abuja, called on the party organs to commence the search for “persons with high, strategic insight and fear of God almighty” to lead the party.
The former governor who was screened for the chairmanship position and lost to Sheriff, listed the organs to include state and zonal chapters, board of trustees, national caucus, PDP ministers Forum, PDP governors forum, G84 as well as PDP leaders past and present.
Dwelling on specifics of the Rescue Group’s grouse, Juta said while they are upset by the decision of NEC in appointing Sheriff, they are “convinced that this decision by NEC is against the will and wish of the generality of faithful members.
“We know that North east zonal wing having been directed by national caucus of the party to forward nominees from the zone didn’t nominate Sen. Sheriff for the position of national chairman.
“That it is in the interest of PDP and the country, Sen. Sheriff should do the needful by stepping down honorably as it is evident that party members nationwide overwhelmingly reject his imposition.”
He added that they have resolved for an early congress and national convention to be called to elect new leaders as “the term of the current leadership is due to end in March 2016.”
He added that “under no guise should the tenure of current leaderships of the party be extended, if we must make the needed fresh beginning.”
Juta noted that that “most party faithful do not see in Sen. Sheriff a model of impeccable integrity that the PDP badly needs to lead it at this critical moment”, stressing that ” to raise a leader who is lacking in integrity and skills is to throw the party and nation into inefficiency, indiscipline, disorderliness and even chaos”.
Former Senate President, Sen Adolphus Wabara, is deputy chairman of the group, former deputy governor of Sokoto State, Secretary of the group Muhktar Shagari is secretary of the group. Former ministers Mohammed Wakil and John Odeh are also a members of the group.
Corroborating, Sen. Wabara said “we are here to rescue party from imposition and impunity,” stressing that Sheriff’s emergence was “embarrassing” as he was smuggled into the contest.
He disagree with Sheriff’s statement that PDP will return to power in 2019, stressing that “we are not talking about 2019, we must impress Nigerians first.
On his part, Shagari noted that the group is not out to “fight anybody but put things in perspective” he however lamented that “key members have started leaving. We can’t sit back and allow the party to die. PDP strongest opposition in the country.”
He stressed that “no state from the North east submitted his (Sheriff) name. We don’t know how he came into the picture. It is not right for him to impose himself the way he was imposed. It is honorable for him to step down.”