The embattled factional leader of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Ali Modu Sheriff, Friday, laid the blame for the defeat of the party in the 2015 general elections on former President Goodluck Jonathan.
According to Sheriff, Jonathan caused the defeat of PDP in Borno and Yobe States.
The former Borno State governor stated this while speaking with journalists at a news conference in Abuja, adding that if Jonathan had listened to him, the two states would have been PDP’s currently.
”Yobe and Borno are one and they will remain forever. I am following the trend of events in Yobe very well and I believe that PDP should never have lost Yobe at all.
”If the then president, Jonathan, had listened properly and we did what we had intended to do, by now we would have had the two states – Borno and Yobe.
”But unfortunately, whatever God decides, we will accept it and we cannot do otherwise,” he said.
On the reconciliation efforts of the party, Sheriff disclosed that “Members of the BoT are coming to see me”.
”Even last night they came to meet me at my place and the governors are also meeting with me.
”But that does not mean that we are going to agree on anything that will affect our integrity, followership and our political interests.
”As some of you rightly said, some of them were ashamed to identify with the party.
”Now the PDP has become a strong party, everybody is looking up to PDP and we will not be distracted.
“This party, as I rightly said, must be returned to the owners. Anything short of that is a non-starter.
”What are our problems? How do we improve our standing, so that it is not when we want to go for election that we run around to put the house in order?
”It is now that we should put the party in proper shape ahead of the election period,” Sheriff said.
By Timothy Enietan-Matthews
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