Abuja - The emergence of former governor of Borno State and former chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Ali Modu Sheriff as National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has caused a further rift in the party.
Sheriff was picked by the national caucus of the party after rigorous meetings between Monday night and Tuesday afternoon.
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While Governors elected on the platform of the party and members of the National Working Committee (NWC) endorsed Sheriff’s candidacy for the position, the party’s Board of Trustees (BoT), Chairmen of state chapters, senators from the South-south and Southeast – where the party has most of its senators – and members of former President Goodluck Jonathan’s cabinet have rejected Sheriff’s choice.
Members of the party’s Board of Trustees (BoT) stormed out of a meeting which was supposed to deliberate on Sheriff’s nomination, contending that his negative image would work against the party.
In defiance of the stance of the BoT, the party's National Executive Committee (NEC) later met and endorsed Sheriff.
Sheriff took the oath of office and allegiance as new Chairman of the party around 8. 45pm on Tuesday in the presence of NEC members.
Sheriff was governor between 2003 and 2011 when the Boko Haram crisis gathered momentum and he had been accused of actually nurturing the sect.
He was a member of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP), one of legacy parties that fused into the APC, and left to join the PDP in July 2014.
He is expected to complete the tenure of the North-east, which was vacated by Adamu Mu’azu in May 2015.
- News 24