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.