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PDP Chairmanship: Fayose Calls On Stakeholders To Support Ali Modu Sheriff

By Lere Olayinka
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Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose has called on stakeholders to support the new National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, saying; “his emergence at this time is the best thing in the presence circumstance and those aggrieved should sheath their sword and deploy their time and resources into fighting the All Progressives Congress (APC) instead of their own party.”

According to his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New

Media, Lere Olayinka, Governor Fayose said; “it is regrettable that

those who abandoned the PDP to its fate when it lost power and did not

say a word to defend the party have now found their voice against a

decision taken in accordance with the party’s constitution.”

The governor who reiterated his commitment to the party, said; “With

my antecedent as someone who have always defended the party, I can’t

be linked with any decision that will not be in the best interest of

the party. I therefore call on all my admirers and believers in my

dogged fight for the revival of our party to support our new chairman,

whom I believe has the required capacity to reposition the party.”

He described those linking the new chairman to the Boko Haram

insurgents as mischief makers, asking; “Has Ali Modu Sheriff been

tried and convicted by any court for sponsoring Boko Haram? Is he even

being tried for involvement in Boko Haram activities?

“Even APC Senator Ali Ndume is being tried for allegedly making

contacts with the Boko Haram sect 73 times and he is still the Senate

Leader.
“Also, Ali Modu Sheriff and their ‘Saint Buhari’ are in-laws courtesy

of his (Sheriff) son’s marriage to Buhari’s daughter and no one has

called the President a Boko Haram sponsor by association. Or are they

also saying President Buhari could have allowed his own daughter to

marry the son of Ali Modu Sheriff if he was indeed a Boko Haram

sponsor?”
While describing the emergence of Ali Modu Sheriff as constitutional,

Governor Fayose said all stakeholders like the National Working

Committee members, Governors, Senators, House of Representatives

members, BOT members and others took part in the processes that

produced the new chairman.
He said the party could only be repositioned when decisions of the

party leaders are respected, calling on those aggrieved with the

emergence of the chairman to be mindful of the supremacy of the party

over and above other interests.
The governor reminded members and supporters of the PDP that “the

party was in a peculiar situation and we need people who can stand up

against these devourers of our collective heritage. I can say it

confidently that Senator Ali Modu Sheriff is such a person and in the

collective interest of our party, we should all rally round him.”