A group of former ministers of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are rallying support against the alleged plan of the current chairman, Ali Modu Sheriff, to stay beyond May 21, 2016.
Reports have it that a member of the group of PDP former ministers, Dr. Abubakar Suleiman, a former Minister of National Planning, said “We were to meet this Thursday, but the meeting was shifted due to logistic issues. We are now meeting next week Thursday.
“We will deliberate on the plan by the chairman of our party to hold on to power despite the assurances given to us by the (former) governors that he would hand over on May 21 during the national convention and other issues.
“He knows that the former ministers are men and women of integrity and that we are not shifting our opposition to his continued stay in office; that’s why he has tried to divide the forum, but he has failed because we are still one.”
Reports say a Governor who spoke also said “five of us are now regretting that we didn’t allow the BoT and the former ministers to have their way now.
“We won’t kept quiet, because this was how we kept mum when (former) President Goodluck Jonathan refused to abide by the one-term agreement he had with us. That action led to where we are today.
“If we need to be taken seriously in 2019, we need to have a credible party now and a credible presidential candidate that can match President Muhammadu Buhari in terms of integrity and so on. For now, we don’t seem to be serious.”
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Board of Trustees (BOT) chairman, Walid Jubrin, on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 urged Sheriff, not to stay in office beyond his tenure – May 21, 2016.