The Acting National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Ali Modu Sheriff, has apologised to some of the top echelons of the party over statements credited to him by his aides.
The embattled Sheriff tendered his apology in Jalingo, the Taraba State capital on Sunday, while briefing pressmen.
He said: “As a well cultured and astute politician, I would never make any comment that would ridicule the party.”
Last week, a former Minister of Information and founding member of the PDP, Jerry Gana, had led a group of other leading members to announce the takeover of the party from Mr. Sheriff.
Speaking after the meeting which was co-chaired by a former Deputy President of the Senate, Ibrahim Mantu, a former Minister of Education, Tunde Adeniran, and media mogul, Raymond Dokpesi, on Thursday at the Nicon Luxury Hotel in Abuja, Gana, in a statement released rejected the decision of the party’s National Executive Committee, NEC, to extend the tenure of Mr. Sheriff to May 21, 2016.
The tenure, which the group alleged came to an end on March 24, 2016.
Reacting swiftly, while speaking to reporters, at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja, an aide to Mr. Sheriff, Inuwa Bwala said the Jerry Gana group was out “to cause mischief”.
“Unfortunately, among such groups are self-styled elders and stakeholders led by Professor Jerry Gana. I have seen him sweating on television, playing with language but at the end of the day saying nothing.
“I want to specifically say we kept sealed lips about some of the activities of this man believing that we could still find a rendezvous at which we could work together for the progress of the PDP. I must say, and there are witnesses that this is one character that attempts to play a role in every government since the time of the military,” Mr. Bwala said.
Sheriff, however, said it was not in his character to join issues with highly respected elders of the party.
While addressing journalists in Jalingo on Sunday, he denied ever authorising his aides or political associates to react to issues raised by aggrieved elders of the party.
He, therefore, urged all aggrieved members to bury the hatchet and join hands with the present leadership to rebuild the party and restore the confidence of Nigerians in it.
“Under our leadership and the support and encouragement of stakeholders and supporters, PDP will definitely bounce back in 2019,” Mr. Sheriff said.
Since the emergence of Senator Sheriff as the party’s national chairman, the Party’s fold has been bitterly divided with the group, ‘Concerned PDP Stakeholders’ led by Professor Jerry Gana setting up a parallel body to run the affairs of the party after the expiration of the tenure of the Ali Modu Modu Sheriff on May 21.