National chairman of PDP Ali Modu Sheriff has begged aggrieved party leaders over a statement credited to him
Ahead of the national convention of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on May 21 in Port Harcourt, the embattled national chairman of the party Ali Modu Sheriff, has apologised to aggrieved party stakeholders including a former Minister of Information, Prof. Jerry Gana, over statements credited to him by his personal aides and associates.
Professor Jerry Gana and some PDP elders had rejected Sheriff as the chairman of the party and vowed he will not return to the Wadata plaza.
In his apology, Sheriff said as “a well cultured and astute politician, he would never make any comment that would ridicule the party.”
He added that it was not in his character to take issues with highly respected elders of the party, noting that he never authorised any of his aides or political associates to react to issues raised by aggrieved elders of the party.
Sheriff said the aggrieved members of the PDP reserved the right to complain about issues affecting the party which they considered inimical to the progress of the party.
He, therefore, urged any aggrieved member to bury the hatchet and join hands with the present leadership to rebuild the party and restore the confidence of Nigerians in it.
He also noted that the PDP, as the main opposition party in the country, could not afford to have a divided house and appealed to members to work for the unity of the party at all times.
Meanwhile, former Senate president David Mark, has said the leaders of the PDP should not give room for any crisis or disaffection within their fold any more.
“It is time for all genuine men and women of our party to make the necessary sacrifice and work honestly towards a united and a more cohesive party.
“In every human organisation, there are bound to be disagreements but we must put aside sentiments, personal interest and reconcile honestly and genuinely in the larger interest of the party.
“The PDP must avoid the pitfalls of the past such as imposition of candidates against the wishes of the majority. We are returning the party to the people. So, let the people decide,” he said.
Mark called for a transparent electoral process that would produce credible and acceptable candidates for elections. That way, he added, “democracy would thrive and endure for the good of all.”
He explained that the inability of the ruling party, the All Progressives Congress, to “find the compass to navigate the ship of the state and ultimately respond appropriately to the yearnings and aspirations of the citizenry” had offered the PDP the ample opportunity to bounce back to power.
He said, “Nigerians can now spot the difference. The PDP is still the right choice. Therefore, we must respond positively and ultimately return the nation to the path of glory once more.”