Abuja - Factional National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ali Modu Sheriff has rejected the proposals put forward by the party's Board of Trustees (BoT) towards ending the leadership crisis rocking the party.
The party's BoT had on Monday advised the National Caretaker Committee of the party to hold the next national convention of the party in Abuja.
The board also directed that a new national convention committee be set up, reports News 24.
The board, however, passed a vote of confidence on the Ahmed Makarfi -led Caretaker Committee
Sheriff, had demanded the removal of Gov. Nyesom Wike of Rivers as chairman of convention planning committee as part of conditions for resolving the party’s crisis.
He had also demanded that the convention should be shifted from Port Harcourt to Abuja.
Reacting to the BoT's proposals on Tuesday, Sheriff insisted that the Makarfi-led committee must be dissolved.
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Sheriff also said the tenure of the BoT chairman, Senator Walid Jibrin, has expired and accused him of bringing crisis into the party.
Sheriff, in the statement signed by his deputy, Cairo Ojuogboh, however agreed with the BoT that the next national convention must hold in Abuja.
The statement read: We completely reject the vote of confidence past on the illegal caretaker committee because a committee that has failed twice to successfully organize a convention on two occasion is a failure.
“We, therefore, call on his friends and associates and family to advice him to do the needful and resign now to save multi-party democracy in Nigeria and stop impunity that has been the bone of internal democracy.
“That the BoT Chairman, Senator Walid Jibrin’s chairmanship has brought crisis to the party.
“In any case, his tenure has expired, as he has spent more than 10 years as Secretary and Chairman BoT, which runs contrary to the constitution (of the party).”
There were other qualified members of the party on the Board, who are ready to lead.
"The agreement we had with the peace panel was that the chairman of the National Caretaker Committee of the party would resign from office.
Ojuogboh added that it was agreed that Sheriff would preside over the party’s National Executive Committee meeting, where he said, a new national convention committee would be named.
- News 24