The factional chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Ali Modu Sheriff, has not heard good news in a while.
Core leaders of the party have disowned him and are backing the caretaker committee led by Ahmed Makarfi. Last week, one of Sheriff’s high profile allies, Sen. Buruji Kashamu defected to the Makarfi side. Also several courts have ruled against him, denying him of legitimacy and prompting the electoral body, INEC, to endorse the Makarfi faction.
Still, Sheriff has vowed to fight on, insisting that his tenure as chairman does not expire until 2018.
There are however signs that Sheriff is beginning to give reconciliation a chance.
He confirmed on Monday that he recently met with the caretaker committee chairman, Ahmed Makarfi, as well as two governors – Darius Ishaku of Taraba and Ibrahim Dankwambo of Gombe. During the meeting, he gave them certain conditions that must be met before he can drop his claim to the championship.
- He wants the Makarfi committee to step down. “If he resigns tomorrow, I will ask the members of my National Working Committee (NWC) whose tenure will expire in 2018, including myself to resign,” Sheriff said. “Then we will set up a convention committee in Abuja and put respected members and leader at the wards as members of the committee.”
- Sheriff also wants to be allowed to nominate 10 members into the convention committee, with Makarfi also nominating 10 members.
- He also wants the convention which is scheduled for August 17 to be held in Abuja and not Port Harcourt a proposed. He probably still has bad memories of the Rivers capital where the convention which resolved to oust him in May was held.
Sheriff stated all these while a delegation of PDP supporters from 17 local government areas in Abia state who paid him a solidarity visit.