Sher­iff group won’t hold PDP par­al­lel con­ven­tion – Ojoug­boh

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Saawua Terzungwe

The Se­na­tor Ali Modu Sher­iff-led fac­tion of the Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party (PDP) will not or­gan­ise a par­al­lel na­tional con­ven­tion of the party, a former na­tional vice chair­man of the party in the South-south, Dr. Cairo Ojoug­boh, who is Sher­iff’s deputy, has dis­closed.

The Makarfi-led na­tional care­taker com­mit­tee had slated Au­gust 17, 2016 for the party’s na­tional con­ven­tion to be held in Port Har­court, Rivers State and in­au­gu­rated an 88-man zon­ing com­mit­tee ahead of the con­ven­tion.

Speak­ing with Daily Trust yes­ter­day in Abuja, Dr. Ojoug­boh said Sher­iff was not plan­ning a par­al­lel con­ven­tion, but was law abid­ing and would not send nom­i­nees to form the con­ven­tion com­mit­tee be­ing planned by the Makarfi com­mit­tee.

He said the or­der of an Abuja High Court which af­firmed Sher­iff as the au­then­tic na­tional chair­man of the PDP and or­dered the In­de­pen­dent Na­tional Com­mieeion (INEC) to recog­nise his can­di­dates for the Edo and Ondo States gov­er­nor­ship elec­tions had not been va­cated, stress­ing that if the party or­gan­ises a con­ven­tion next month, it would stand another risk of los­ing the 2019 gen­eral elec­tions.

He said party lead­ers and stake­hold­ers from the var­i­ous states won by the All Pro­gres­sives Con­gress (APC) in the last gen­eral elec­tions needed to be har­monised into one strong force be­fore the con­ven­tion, adding that Sher­iff must re­view the con­gresses re­cently held na­tional wide on the ground that they were ma­nip­u­lated by PDP gov­er­nors.

He said Sher­iff re­mained the only au­then­tic na­tional chair­man of the party to pre­side over the con­ven­tion and the con­ven­tion must be held in Abuja, not Port Har­court, where he claimed Gov­er­nor Wike is likely to “ma­nip­u­late” it.

“If they (Makarfi-led care­taker com­mit­tee) think they can have a con­ven­tion like that, let them go ahead but we (Sher­iff’s camp) will re­main law abid­ing and tell the court what hap­pened.

“Sher­iff has ap­pealed the judge­ment of the Port Har­court High Court which val­i­dated Makarfi’s lead­er­ship. So if we hur­riedly go for the con­ven­tion, the same mis­takes that made us to lose the 2015 elec­tions in Benue, Plateau, Kebbi and many other states will make us lose the 2019 elec­tions. So for now, we won’t be part of the so-called con­ven­tion,” he said.

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