Ado-Ekiti - Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, on Monday said the National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was dissolved to save the party.
He said that though he was one of those who supported the emergence of Senator Ali Modu Sheriff as National Chairman of the party, he had no option than to support his removal to forestall disintegration of the party.
“We cannot sacrifice the party for any individual,” Fayose said in a statement signed by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, in Ado-Ekiti.
He urged Sheriff to accept his removal in good faith and join others to rebuild the party.
“I supported Senator Ali Modu Sheriff in good conscience but when it became obvious that his continuous stay in office as the National Chairman will jeopardise the collective interest of the party, I had no option than to support his removal.
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“We cannot sacrifice the party for any individual.
“To me, the general interest of the party overrides that of any individual and there is no way I can stand in support of any plan to sacrifice the party for any individual.
“Anyone whose ambition threatens the collective interest of the party should be removed to save the party and that’s exactly what we have done.
“I therefore urge Senator Ali Modu Sheriff to accept the dissolution of the NWC and appointment of the Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led Caretaker Committee in good faith and cooperate with other well-meaning members of the party.
“We need to take these hard decisions so as to reposition the party to be able to achieve the much-needed electoral victory in 2019,” the governor said.