Modu-sheriff Gets Lifeline, Will Lead Party For Only 3 Months

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BEVERLY HILLS, February 23, (THEWILL) – The embattled National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ali Modu-Sheriff will lead the main opposition party for only three months.

The decision was reached on Tuesday during an expanded meeting of the PDP Governors Forum, the Board of Trustees (BoT), National Assembly Caucus, National Working Committee (NWC) and state caucuses of the party at the Ondo State Governor's Lodge in Abuja.

Modu-Sheriff's adoption as national chairman had split party stakeholders following his alleged link to the formation of Boko Haram a few years back.

The Acting chairman of the BoT, Jubrin Walid, who earlier on Monday told reporters that the trustees had rejected Modu-Sheriff as national chairman, Tuesday said he had been given three months to lead the party until the convention in May when a new chairman is expected to emerge. He said the decision was unanimous.

Ondo State Governor Olusegun Mimiko, who also spoke to the press after the meeting said the decision, was approved in the party's interest, adding that Modu-Sheriff had been given a mandate to prepare the party for its national convention where new officials would be elected to run the party.