The crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party assumed another dimension on Tuesday as the factional national chairman of the party, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, rejected the leadership of its Board of Trustees.
Sheriff also said the solutions preferred by the BoT for the resolution of the crisis in the party fell short of the agreement he said his faction had with the peace panel set up by the Board.
The former governor of Borno State, in a statement, noted that the outcome of the meeting held by the Board in Abuja on Monday was not in agreement with the decision he claimed was reached with the Dickson/Mantu reconciliation committee. Sheriff, in the statement signed by his deputy, Dr. Cairo Ojuogboh, however agreed with the BoT that the next national convention must hold in Abuja.
The BoT, at its meeting in Abuja on Monday, had recommended that a new national convention committee be put in place to organise the proposed national convention.
Specifically, Sheriff accused the Chairman of the BoT, Senator Walid Jibrin, of perpetuating himself in office.
He said Jibrin had overstayed in office both as the secretary and as the chairman of the Board, and that he was responsible for the crisis rocking the party.
The statement read, “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).”
He said 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 meeting, where he said, a new national convention committee would be named.
When contacted, Jibrin said he was not going to react now, but that he would do so “after reading the report.”
The spokesperson for the national caretaker committee, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, was also said not to be in the country.
When our correspondent visited the temporary national secretariat of the party at Wuse Zone 2, no member of the caretaker committee was around to speak on the issue.