The crisis surrounding the forthcoming national convention of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, seems to be growing by the day, as former ministers, who served under the party, have said the convention may turn out to be a burial day for the former ruling party.
According to the ministers, unless the current National Chairman of the party, Sen. Ali Modu Sheriff retraced his steps from contesting at the convention, the coffin of the party would be nailed at the event.
They insisted that except he drops his ambition, he would be the last national chairman to lead a united PDP.
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The ministers stated this through their spokesperson and former Minister of National Planning, Dr. Abubakar Sulaiman, in Abuja on Saturday.
According to Sulaiman, any attempt by Sheriff to consolidate his position at the convention would spell doom for the party, and that most stakeholders would dump the PDP and “allow it to continue to swim in impunity.”
He said: “Ali Modu Sheriff is there to perform the final funeral rites of the PDP. The May 21 national convention will mark the lying in state of the PDP which will be forever. We will not stop talking until the right thing is done.
“With what he is doing now, I think he is on a mission. The national convention must not hold on May 21. If it must hold, it will be the day of celebration of funeral rites of the PDP.”
According to Sulaiman, it was “the impunity” in the PDP that led to the party’s defeat at the 2015 general elections, urging party members and leaders at all levels to end impunity and re-position the party for future victory.
He also condemned the zoning of both the chairmanship and 2019 presidential ticket of the party to the North, claiming that “it is the work of Ali Modu Sheriff and his cohorts.”
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