Every indication points to the former Governor of Borno State, Ali Sheriff, will from now on lead the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
This emerged on Tuesday as the National Caucus met at the party’s national secretariat, Abuja.
He was selected as the new Chairman of the opposition, PDP. This was after all organs of the party, including the national caucus, PDP Governors’ Forum and the National Assembly caucuses agreed on the choice of Sheriff.
Spokesman for the PDP, Chief Olisa Metuh, who disclosed this to newsmen at the National Secretariat of the party in Abuja, said the decision would be communicated to the Board of Trustees and subsequently, the National Executive Committee, NEC, for ratification after which a formal announcement would be made to the effect.
Sherrif, who is replacing Ahmadu Mu’azu, the former chairman who resigned shortly after the polls, has been a controversial figure amid allegations he funded and sponsored the extremist sect, Boko Haram. He denies the allegation.
The former member of Senate takes over from Prince Uche Secondu, who has been acting as Chairman since then but now been asked to revert to his earlier post of Deputy National Chairman.
However, there are dissenting voices of what they term imposition of Sheriff.
Those opposed to Sheriff are acussing those behind the move – Governors Ayo Fayose, Segun Mimiko and Seriake Dickson – of disregarding laid down rules of electing a chairman.
The Board of Trustees members are said to have opposed the move and canvassed support for Wilberfore Juta.
A meeting of the party’s BOT on Tuesday in Abuja was inconclusive. The issue has thus been referred to the National Executive Council (NEC) of the party which is about to meet Tuesday evening in Abuja.
If no consensus is reached both Juta and Sheriff will have to face an election on Thursday.