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Sheriff Rejects Jibrin As Chairman Of Pdp Bot, Accuses Him Of Bringing Crisis To Party

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BEVERLY HILLS, AUGUST 30, (THEWILL) – The factional National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, has rejected the leadership of the party's Board of Trustees, BoT, adding that the solutions preferred by the Board for the resolution of the crisis in the party fell short of the agreement his faction had with the peace panel set up by the BoT.

The former governor of Borno State, in a statement issued on his behalf by his deputy, Dr. Cairo Ojuogboh, stressed that the outcome of the meeting held by the BoT in Abuja on Monday was not in agreement with the decision he claimed was reached with the Dickson/Mantu reconciliation committee.

He however agreed with the Board that the next national convention of the PDP must hold in Abuja.

The BoT had, at its meeting in Abuja on Monday, recommended that a new national convention committee be put in place to organise the proposed national convention.

But Sheriff, in the statement issued on Tuesday, accused the Chairman of the BoT, Senator Walid Jibrin, of perpetuating himself in office, adding that he had overstayed in office both as the secretary and as the chairman of the Board, and that Jibrin was responsible for the crisis rocking the party.

The statement reads, “That the BoT Chairman, Senator Walid Jibrin's chairmanship has brought crisis to the party.

“In any case, his tenure has expired, as he has spent more than 10 years as Secretary and Chairman BoT, which runs contrary to the constitution (of the party).”

Sheriff stated that there were other qualified members of the party on the Board, who he said were ready to lead.

He said that the agreement his faction had with the peace panel was that the chairman of the National Caretaker Committee of the party would resign from office.

Ojuogboh added that it was agreed that Sheriff would preside over the party's National Executive Committee, NEC, meeting, where he said, a new national convention committee would be named.