PDP Governors Forum, others pledge support for Sheriff

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Governors'
Forum and other organs of the party have
pledged their support to the new National
Chairman of the party, Alhaji Ali Modu Sheriff.
Chairman of the forum, Gov. Olusegun Mimiko of
Ondo, announced this at a news conference
after forum's meeting in Abuja on Tuesday.
Mimiko said the major organs of the party had
agreed to stand by Sheriff as the party's
national chairman.
"I am happy to let you know that all the major
organs in the party have agreed to stand by our
national chairman, to ensure that our party
moves forward.
''They are the Governors' Forum, National
Working Committee, National Assembly Caucus
and the Board of Trustees.
"We have put behind us all the controversies in
the press in recent times. I want to assure you
that we are together as a party'', Mimiko said.
He added that the organs mandated the national
chairman and the national working committee to
organize the party's national convention within
three months.
"We will brief all our members nationwide
within the next two weeks, of the timetable in
that direction.
" In the next two weeks, the timetable will be
out, all cumulating in our national convention
within three months.
Mimiko said all past PDP ministers were were
represented at the meeting.
"They emanate from the state. The caucus of
the party is designed in such a way that every
state is represented by the chairman of the
party.
"Secondly, all the key organs in the party are
also represented in the caucus.''
Mimiko said that while all state chairmen were
members of the caucus, they were also part
and parcel of the decision that led to this
controversy.''
The Acting Chairman of BoT, Sen. Walid Jibrin,
said all organs of the party took the decision
revealed by PDP governors.
Jubrin commended the forum for bringing the
matter to an end.
He called on members of the party to be calm,
saying that the party's congresses and national
convention would come in three months.
However, PDP former Ministers Forum has
rejected Sheriff as national chairman of the
party.
Alhaji Tanimu Turaki, the Chairman of the forum,
told news conference that they took the
decision because the process that brought him
was illegitimate.
Turaki commended PDP BoT for rejecting the
"imposition of Sheriff.''
"The process that led to his emergence as the
national chairman lacked transparency and
internal democracy.
"The forum calls for the conduct of congresses
at all levels of the party leading to a national
convention that should be held before March
28, to return power to the people, in tandem
with PDP constitution.''
He said the forum resolved to continue
consultations with relevant stakeholders and
groups with a view to solving the present
challenge and strengthening the party.
Turaki said that many members of his forum
were also members of BoT.
He, however, stressed that members of his
forum were not aware that BoT members had
changed their stand.


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