..NWC, PDPGF endorse Sheriff
….as BoT kicks
Patrick Osadebamwen, Abuja
The choice of the former governor of Borno state, Sen. Ali Madu Sheriff as preferred candidate for the chairmanship of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday split the leadership of the party creating confusion among party faithful
Spokesman of the party, Chief Olisa Metuh addressed the media that some organs of the party had endorsed the Sen. Ali Modu Sheriff with the support of the PDP Governor’s Forum.
According to Metuh who spoke to reporters at about 4pm Tuesday the national caucus of the PDP and the National Working Committee (NWC) had endorsed the person of Ali Modu Sheriff.
Barely an hour after Metuh’s media briefing, news filtered out that the BoT outrightly rejects the choice as it totally dissociate itself from the choice by the National caucus, NWC and support of the governor’s forum.
Sheriff’s emergence was the climax of the two-day long consultation by the various organs of the party, “his nomination awaits the ratification of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the Peoples Democratic Party.
Senator Ali Modu Sheriff was a former BoT chairman of the All Progressive Congress but left the ANPP to join the PDP in July 2014.
Addressing reporters at the Wadata House Metuh said the northeast governors were not unanimous in their choice of a candidate as each state except Taraba nominated separate person each.
“We have decided that the North East Caucus should meet and bring a candidate to replace the National Chairman that resigned, Adamu Mu’azu. But when they met, they were not able to narrow it down to one person. So, what they did was to send to us five people; one from each state of the North East. They sent Girigiri from Yobe State, Ambassador Wilberforce Juta from Adamawa State, Abba Gana from Borno State, Shehu Gabam from Bauchi State, Senator Kumo from Gombe State. Taraba did not have any other person.
“So, these five people were invited to come and see the National Caucus on Monday to take a decision.
“The meeting that we had with them, we decided that it was important that we enlarge the scope and the number of people that will come. So, we extended and invited some other people to come and show why they want to be chairman.
“One or two governors confirmed that Ribadu had shown interest in becoming chairman; so we extended invitation to him to come. We were told that Modu Sheriff over the weekend expressed an interest.
“We invited him to come and tell us. And because Hon. Wakil had come down from the United Kingdom to participate in the process, we invited him as well.
“On Monday, apart from those five people, we interviewed Ali Modu Sheriff and Mohammed Wakil. But we were told that Ribadu was not comfortable with an interview.
“After the interview process, they were narrowed down to two persons. And a little over an hour ago, the National Caucus discussed.
“The Governor first of all discussed and brought a candidate, the National Assembly discussed and brought a candidate, the BoT discussed and came up with a candidate, the National Working Committee discussed and came with a candidate.
“So, we brought the candidate at the national caucus. And one interesting thing was that unanimously, it was the same candidate that every single organ of the party brought to the National Caucus.
“So, the National Caucus endorsed that they will bring to the Board of Trustees the choice of the National Caucus, after which both organs will bring the nomination to the National Executive Committee (NEC).
“So, there is no approval of the National Executive Committee but for now, I can confirm to you that the National Caucus has chosen Senator Ali Modu Sheriff to be the National Chairman of the party. But we are awaiting Board of Trustees approval and the NEC to appoint this afternoon. So, this is exactly where we are.
“So, immediately after the NEC, if it is the same person that is approved, we will call you and inform you, Metuh stated
He added that the North East Caucus pruned down the five persons from the list of about 29 persons. All of them showed interest including Abdullahi Jalo, deputy National publicity secretary of the party.
The rejection of Sheriff’s choice by the Board of Trustees of the party created threw a spanner on the wheel of progress to make Ali Modu Sheriff the replacement of the former chairman, Dr. Adamu Mu’azu.
Upon the rejection of Sheriff, members of the BoT were seen walking out of the party secretariat, the governors assembled at the National Working Committee hall to further deliberate on the delicate matter at hand.