Factional chairman of the People’s
Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ali Sheriff, has said he is not aware of the
plan by the party to have its repeat national convention in Port Harcourt,
The convention organized by the
National Caretaker Committee led by Senator Ahmed Makarfi comes up on Wednesday
to elect new members of the National Working Committee (NWC).
It is a follow up of the May 21,
2016 convention at the same venue, which removed Sheriff from office and set up
a national caretaker committee.
The convention is coming against
futile effort to reach a common ground between the caretaker committee and
Sheriff who has continued to insist that he is the national chairman of the
party till 2018 despite the confirmation by a high court judgment of the
caretaker committee as the authentic leadership of the PDP.
The latest meeting convened by
party stakeholders to resolve the lingering leadership crisis met a brick wall
on Saturday as Sheriff demanded that the national caretaker committee be
The party has now decided to ignore
Sheriff and go ahead with the convention in the Rivers State capital.
However, Sheriff has written off
the convention, saying that he would go ahead with his own plan of “fixing” the
Speaking to Seun okinbaloye on
political platform yesterday, Sheriff said his faction was not interested in the
convention as he was busy doing other things.
The former Borno State governor was watching
to see if Makarfi would succeed in his objective but declined to say whether he
would attempt to stop the convention.
He said: “We don’t have to be
reacting. He is doing his convention; we are doing some other things. They are
putting us on the defensive and that will not sell.
“We are not part of it, we don’t
know about it and we will not even comment about it.
“Let’s just wait and see whether he
will have his way.
“We are fixing the party. We are
trying to bring aggrieved members on board so that we can move the party