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PDP CRISIS: Sheriff consults ‘Mr Fix it’ Anenih

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Factional chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Sen Ali Modu Sheriff on Friday paid a visit to a founding member of the party, Chief Tony Anenih.

Sheriff who recently got the stamp of a Court of Appeal affirming him as the authentic national chairman of the party said the visit was to seek advice from Anenih on how to resolve the party’s leadership crisis.

Chief Anenih during his active days in the party was popularly referred to as ‘Mr Fix It’ because of what many stalwarts regarded as his dexterity for resolving touchy and delicate matters, that could otherwise result in crisis.

After a closed door meeting with Anenih a former minister of works and housing under the Olusegun Obasanjo administration, Sheriff told newsmen that being a founding member of the PDP, Anenih was in position to proffer solutions to the present crisis in the party

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According to him, “If there are two founding fathers, Cheif Anenih is one. Therefore, as a father, I came to consult with him.

“I came to tell him that this is the situation we are. He as a father who formed this party should help us on how to reposition the party to the period of 1999.

“Baba has given us kind and fatherly advice on all matters. I have spoken to my son. He will speak with others,’’ Sheriff said.

Anenih, a former chairman of the PDP Board of Trustees declined to speak on the meeting, but simply said it was a meeting between father and sons.

On his part, Vice Chairman of PDP, Dr Cairo Ojougboh said “We are doing this in order to come up with a formidable party”.

After the Appeal Court ruling, Sheriff had paid similar visits to party chieftains including former President Goodluck Jonathan, and former military ruler Ibrahim Babangida.

Sheriff has been in a battle with Sen Ahmed Makarfi on who is the authentic leader of the party as both men now lead different factions of the party.

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