The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Ali Modu Sheriff in Abuja on Monday pledged not to contest in the proposed national convention of the party. His decision followed the request for a written undertaking and the demand made by the Bayelsa State Governor and Chairman of the PDP Reconciliation Committee, Henry Seriake Dickson, to make a commitment to that effect.
Speaking during a press conference held at the party’s secretariat, Sheriff emphasised that he had accepted not to contest in the proposed national convention, stressing that he was determined to go ahead with national unity convention. He added that he had already written to request all key organs of the party to nominate members to serve in the convention planning committee as recommended by the Dickson-led committee.
Sheriff commended the committee for its ‘comprehensive, but timely intervention’.
“The committee’s report is not only comprehensive, but a timely intervention for a political solution. I wish to personally commend the committee. The National Working Committee (NWC) members fully aware of their rights under or as stipulated in the judgement of the court of appeal of 17th February, 2017, has nonetheless undertaken to forfeit their unexpired tenure for the general good and unity of the party.
“It has undertaken to endorse the conduct of a national convention where officials of the party shall be elected in a transparent, free and fair election. I reiterate my avowed undertaking not to present myself for election as the national chairman at the national convention.”