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PDP Governors Beg Party Members To Accept Sherriff


Governors of the Peoples Democratic Party have begged aggrieved members of the party to sheath their swords and accept its newly elected National Chairman, Sen. Ali Modu Sheriff.

The governors’ plea followed the nationwide condemnation that has trailed Sheriff’s appointment by the members of the party’s National Executive Committee at their meeting in Abuja on Tuesday.

The governors in a statement on Thursday said the choice of Sheriff was in the best interest of the PDP.

They stated that Sheriff will only complete the tenure of the North-East as specified by the party’s constitution and organise a national convention for the election of substantive officers.

The governors in the statement signed by the coordinator of the PDP Governors’ Forum, Osaro Onaiwu, said while it was normal for dissent in a large and national party like the PDP, members should not lose sight of the bigger picture, which is to re-strategise ahead of 2019 and other coming elections in Edo and Ondo States in 2016.

The statement reads: “It has come to our notice that some members of our great party have expressed their reservations on the emergence of the new National Chairman, Modu Sheriff.

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“As is expected, not everybody can be on the same page in such matters even though of the same party. We wish to appeal to our members to keep the bigger picture in mind, which is to reposition ahead of 2019 with individuals that have the track record in power play.

“It is in this regard that our esteemed members should think carefully before joining the crowd of those baying ‘death to the PDP.’

“As a national party, it is important that every matter is looked at from all sides and not just the negative narrative of the opposition party.

“None of our leaders have been arraigned for terrorism related charges unlike some leaders of the ruling party; it is this we should take clear cognisance of.”

There was no way the international community will not, at least, have an idea of those who aided and funded Boko Haram.

“For our party to make the expected headway, we must remain united, discuss our disagreements as a family and refrain from joining those whose desire is to see that the party’s resurgence never happens.”

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