Last minute efforts by the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Ali Modu Sheriff, to bring in aggrieved former governors and ex-ministers in the party failed on Friday, as they rejected an aircraft sent to convey them to Port Harcourt, venue of the party’s national convention.
The aggrieved former governors and ministers under the aegis of Concerned PDP Stakeholders, are scheduled to hold a parallel national convention today, Saturday at Area 11, Abuja.
The parallel convention is holding same day as that of the Sheriff group.
A serving PDP governor, who did not want to be quoted, said an aircraft was sent to Abuja on Friday evening to convey the former governors and ministers to Rivers State, adding, that the aircraft was delayed for more than three hours with none of the former governors and ministers turning up at the airport.
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He said: “We have been talking, in fact we told them that we were ready to abandon Sheriff and that they should come to Port Harcourt for final discussion.
“We sent an aircraft to them, hoping that they would board and come here for final discussion. We were ready to share offices with them. But they refused to turn up.”
Confirming the development, a former minister in the Concerned PDP Stakeholders said the group did not trust the governors.
“We didn’t board their aircraft because we didn’t trust them. They ignored us, they said we didn’t have money to run the party and now they were sending aircraft to us at the last minute. We don’t need it,” he added.
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