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.”

Police Warn PDP Factional Loyalists Against Threatening Public Peace

Police, Public Peace, PDPThe Nigerian Police say that intelligence at its disposal indicates that some aggrieved factional leaders and members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have perfected plans to engage thugs from across the country to join them in threatening public peace and security in Abuja.

A press statement issued by the Force Public Relations Officer, Mrs Olabisi Kolawole, says that these aggrieved parties are planning to infiltrate Abuja and attack the national headquarters of the PDP with intent to forcefully occupy the facility.

The Police say the group plans to mobilise into Abuja with effect from Monday and they intend to march through major streets in Abuja before proceeding to the PDP secretariat to manifest their intention.

The Police is warning all actors in the crisis as well as their loyalists to refrain from any act that may threaten public order.

The Police has said that it will deal promptly, firmly and decisively with such persons or group in line with their legal obligations.

Consequently, the Inspector-General of Police has directed the deployment of Police assets to secure the PDP Secretariat and protect the staff until the threat to internal security that is being occasioned by the intra-party crisis within the PDP is stabilised.

Armed security personnel at the weekend sealed the headquarters of the Peoples Democratic Party in Abuja, preventing the opposition party members from getting into their headquarters.

Armed Security Personnel Seal PDP Headquarters In Abuja

Zonal congress, PDPArmed security personnel have sealed the headquarters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

The security operatives are preventing the opposition party members from getting into their headquarters.

One of the security men, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said they were directed to seal off the premises.

He did not, however, say who gave the directive to seal the PDP headquarters or the reason behind their action.

The development, however, may be connected with the ongoing leadership crisis in the PDP.

Caretaker Committee

On Saturday, the party removed its National Chairman, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff and set up a Caretaker Committee.

His removal came on the same day the party had scheduled to hold a national convention.

At the venue of the convention, the former Chairman announced a postponement of the convention, but the Vice Chairman said the convention would continue as planned, showing internal leadership rancor.

The Caretaker Committee headed by Senator Ahmed Makarfi, a former Governor of Kaduna State, was 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’.