Attempts to find a long lasting solution to the leadership crisis in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) suffered a huge setback on Thursday, as its National Chairman, Sen. Ali Modu Sheriff, walked out of the party’s stakeholders meeting organised by former President Goodluck Jonathan.
The meeting which was chaired by Jonathan had about four PDP governors in attendance, including the Chairman of the Board of Trustees (BoT), Senator Walid Jibrin and other notable chieftains.
It is understood that the Sheriff, a former governor of Borno state, got to the venue of the meeting a few minutes after Jonathan had delivered his remarks only to storm out with members of his National Working Committee at about 4.15 p.m.
Sheriff, while disagreeing with Jonathan on the meeting, argued that he remained the most senior member of the PDP and as such, a meeting of that nature ought to have been convened by him.
The visibly agitated Sheriff, while speaking to newsmen before leaving, expressed displeasure for not being allowed to make the opening remarks.
He said, “We were here for PDP stakeholders’ meeting and the PDP has only one national chairman, which is Ali Modu-Sheriff. There is no PDP meeting that will take place under whatever arrangement that I will not open the session as national chairman. Today, I am the most senior member of this party.
“I think Governor Dickson made a proposal for reconciliation. And we have accepted. Some people want to deviate from this programme, to bring agenda which was not part of it.
“And as national chairman of the party, what I have told you people in my office when Dickson brought the report is the only thing that we have agreed at this moment. And I will not be party for anybody using me to do another programme. I’m not going to be part of it.”