Sheriff group won’t hold PDP parallel convention – Ojougboh
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.