Words have emerged that newly appointed chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ali Modu Sheriff, will attempt to woo Senate President, Bukola Saraki and some others who left the PDP for the ruling All Progressives Congress. This was said by one of the governors of the party who said Sheriff would negotiate with them and bring them back to the party. He said the new chairman was particular about Saraki due to the problems he was facing with the APC.
“We know that there are many members of the APC who are not happy like Saraki and others. You could see what is happening in the Senate.
“Our chairman has told us he would speak with them, bring them to the PDP and from there, we would know how to take back power come 2019,” he said.
Meanwhile, some ministers who served under ex-President Goodluck Jonathan have voiced their displeasure at the emergence of Sheriff as chairman of the party. They said the choice portrays the party as unserious and threatened to leave if the appointment was nit reversed. The Spokesman for the angry ex-ministers, a former Minister of National Planning, Abubakar Suleiman, told Punch that the party will fail in its rescue bid with Sheriff as chairman.
“Our rescue mission has failed; the redemption boat has capsized and our journey to recovery has come to an end.
“Whosoever partook in the decision does not mean well for the party and democracy in Nigeria.
“It is obvious that the fifth columnist has hijacked the party and they are hell-bent on sinking it deeper into irrecoverable level of the pit.
“Some of us would rather review our membership than subject ourselves to selfish interests of some cabal whose main goal is political profiteering. After all, our umbilical cord is not tied to any party,” he said.
Suleiman also said the choice was not a good decision as Sheriff was once accused of being a Boko Haram sponsor. He also said he had an issue yet to be concluded with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
“For several times, he has been identified with the issue of Boko Haram, though he has yet to be indicted. But perception matters a lot. We can’t be defending that toga now. We don’t have such time.
“Remember also that he has problem with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. Such a man shouldn’t be asked to lead a party that is trying to regain power,” he said.