We Removed Ali Modu Sheriff To Save PDP – Fayose

Ali Modu Sheriff, Fayose, PDPEkiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose, has explained that the National Working Committee (NWC) of the PDP led by former chairman, Ali Modu Sheriff, was dissolved and caretaker committee appointed at the last Saturday National Convention held in Port-Harcourt, Rivers State to save the party.

The Governor said that even though he was one of those who supported the former chairman, he had no option than to support his removal so as to forestall disintegration of the party.

Special Assistant to the Governor on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, in a release issued in Ado-Ekiti on Monday, urged Sheriff to accept his removal in good faith and join others to build the party.

The Governor said; “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.

“To me, the general interest of the party overrides that of any individual and there is no how 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 to reposition it so as to achieve the much needed electoral victory in 2019.

“To Sheriff and other well-meaning members of the party, what should be important is the party and not the individual and no sacrifice should be too much for anyone to make for the party at this time.”

Wike Justifies Ali-Modu Sheriff’s Removal As PDP Chairman

Nyesom Wike, Ali-Modu Sheriff, PDPThe Governor of Rivers State and Chairman of Saturday’s National Convention of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Port Harcourt, Mr Nyesom Wike, has justified the removal of Senator Ali-Modu Sheriff as the National Chairman of the party.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with Channels Television, Governor Wike explained that the PDP’s decisions were in line with the rule of law.

“We learnt that the former Chairman (Ali-Modu Sheriff) instituted a court action that there should be no election as regards the chairmanship, the secretary and the auditor but there could be election in the other offices”.

The Governor further explained that contrary to this, there was another Abuja High Court injunction which says there should not be election in 16 National Working Committee members’ offices but there should be election in chairmanship position.

This, he said, led to confusion within PDP and the stakeholders subsequently moved some motions “according to the constitution of the party”.

Governor Wike added that the former PDP Chairman had appeared before the screening committee where the various stakeholders of the party met to take the decision to save the party.

He insisted that the removal Ali Modu Sheriff was not biased and had nothing to do with the geographical zoning.

PDP Removes Ali-Modu Sheriff, Sets Up Caretaker Committee

Zonal congress, PDP sheriff removedThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has removed its National Chairman, Senator Ali-Modu Sheriff, and sets up a caretaker committee.

Senator Sheriff was removed on Saturday.

The Caretaker Committee headed by  Senator Ahmed Makarfi, a former Governor of Kaduna State, has been mandated to elect a new National Working Committee for the party within three months.

Other members of the committee are;

Senator Ben Obi – Secretary
Senator Ugbesia – Member
Sen Abdul Ningi – Member
Prince Dayo Adeyeye – Member
Aisha Aliyu – Member
Barrister Usman – Member

After he was removed, Senator Sheriff said “the PDP Convention stands cancelled owing to court injunctions” and called the exercise of Saturday a ‘charade and illegal’.

Crisis With PDP

Crisis within the PDP is believed to have led to the removal of the National Chairman on a day the party had scheduled a National Convention.

At the convention ground in Port Harcourt, party leaders appeared divided over the National Convention.

Senator Sheriff had announced a postponement of the convention but the party’s Vice Chairman of the South-South, Mr Uche Secondus, declared that the convention must go ahead as planned.

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Former PDP Chairman Ali-Modu Sheriff said his removal was a charade and illegal

Senator Sheriff told a news conference that the decision was based on a court order restraining the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from supervising the planned election in some of the party’s leadership positions.

The PDP Chairman, thereafter asked all the delegates at the venue of the planned convention to go home, as a new date would be communicated to them in due course.

The postponement was due to the outcome of the meeting earlier held on Saturday involving the party’s leadership and serving governors of the party, prior to the planned convention.

In the heat of the controversy, he was removed as chairman, with the caretaker committee set up.

The PDP had on February 16, 2016 appointed Senator Sheriff the party’s new national chairman.

The decision was reached in a meeting of the NEC held at the opposition party’s National Secretariat in Abuja.

The decision of the NEC followed the nomination of Senator Sheriff by the National Caucus, a body with membership drawn from the forum of PDP governors, members of the National Assembly, Board of Trustees and National Working Committee of the party.

But his leadership whipped up controversies, with some members of the party faulting the decision of to make him the chairman.

A member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the spokesman for the Goodluck Jonathan campaign team in 2015, Mr Femi Fani-Kayode, had after his election insisted that Senator Sheriff was ‘intrinsically linked with Boko Haram‘ and should not head a serious political party.

 

Court Stops S/West PDP Zonal Congress

Kwara State, PDPThe Federal High Court in Lagos has restrained the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its national chairman, Ali Modu Sherrif, from conducting any election into the party’s Southwest Zonal Executive Committee.

Justice Ibrahim Buba also barred PDP from recognising any such election until the originating summons is determined.

The zonal congress was scheduled to hold on May 14 in Akure, Ondo State and Ijebu Igbo, Ogun State.

The judge made the order following an application by the incumbent Zonal Secretary, Chief ‘Pegba Otemolu.

He is suing the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), PDP, Sheriff and PDP National Secretary, Prof. Wale Oladipo.

The plaintiff is praying the court to hold that it was wrong for the party and its national officers to contemplate organising a zonal congress for the Southwest when the tenure of the Zonal Executive Committee members had not lapsed.

He contended that since members of the zonal EXCO were elected on October 11, 2014 to serve a four year tenure, their term would end on October 11, 2018.

Granting the plaintiff’s prayer, Justice Buba held “that an order of interlocutory injunction is granted to the Plaintiff/Applicant restraining the second, third and fourth defendants from conducting or permitting or recognizing any election into the offices of the South West Zonal Executive Committee pending the hearing and determination of the Originating Summons.”

The implication is that the Chief Makanjuola Ogundipe-led zonal EXCO will continue in office until the suit is determined.

Justice Buba adjourned till May 24 for hearing.

PDP’s Former Governors In Reconciliatory Meeting

pdpThe leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has started a reconciliation process with former governors of the party with a view to regaining power in 2019.

National Chairman of the party, Senator Ali-Modu Sheriff, at a meeting with the former PDP governors said that the move is to foster unity among members.

Since its lost control of the centre in the general elections, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has been trying to rebuild its structures.

The party has embarked on series of reconciliatory meetings since its new chairman, Senator Ali Modu Sherif assumed office.

Some of those in attendance include Gbenga Daniel of Ogun State, Babangida Aliyu of Niger State, Ibrahim Shema of Kastina State, Ibrahim Shekarau of Kano State, and Gabriel Suswam of Benue State.

Members of the party’s National Working Committee were also at the meeting.

 

PDP Sets Date For National Convention

pdpThe National Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has fixed April 23 through May 21 2016 for its national convention to elect new principal officers.



The Chairman of the party, Ali Modu Sheriff, told journalists in Abuja after a joint marathon meeting of the National Executive Committee and members of the Board of Trustees that the convention will hold in Port Harcourt.

The National Working Committee of the party has also inaugurated four special committees to reconcile all aggrieved party members, prepare for the convention and work on the party’s zoning policy


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PDP Will Bounce Back – Ali Modu Sherrif

Ali Modu SherrifThe National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says the party will bounce back again.

Mr Ali Modu Sherrif made the statement at the inter-denominational thanksgiving and victory service for the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike in Port Harcourt, the capital of Rivers State on Saturday.

The PDP Chairman said that the Supreme Court ruling on Rivers State brought hope to the people of the state.

“The new PDP we are trying to put on the ground, will by the grace of Allah, go to the promised land – coming back to power again.

“Last time when I spoke about 2019, people thought that Ali Sherrif wanted to be Chairman of the party in 2019, no, what I am saying is that PDP as a party whether Ali Sherrif is here or anybody, from what I have seen and from what the generality of Nigerians are saying, I am sure they are going to give PDP a chance again in 2019,” he said.

The State Governor in his remark, said that his victory gave him confidence to tackle the issues of security in the state.

” Let me say today (Saturday), that as the Chief Security Officer of this state, I will always support the security agencies to fight against crimes.

“I will not support criminals and criminal activities in this state, and I will not support the killings of innocent people, who have done nothing.”

The Governor also noted that the victory brought hope for the party in the March 2016 re-run elections in the state.

“Nigeria is a democratic country, and therefore, we must respect the rule of law. Every security agency must subject themselves to civil authority and so, let nobody here, be intimidated on what will happen on March 19.

“I tell you, for you to get freedom is not by the word of mouth, you must make sacrifices in order to get the freedom of your people, you must stand firm to defend what belongs to you, you must say I have the right to protect my vote.

“If they like, they can bring all the submarines, but you must protect your votes,” he said.