Pressure mounts on PDP to sanction Sheriff, others

There is pressure on PDP leadership to impose sanctions on the former National Chairman of the party, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, and his followers by some groups within the party.

Some members of the party believed that Sheriff and members of his group, which included a former National Secretary, Prof. Wale Oladipo; Deputy National Chairman, Dr. Cairo Ojougboh; and the Acting National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Bernard Mikko, should be punished for the roles they played in the 14-month crisis in the party.

It was gathered that some senators, who aided Sheriff’s group with financial and moral support, were being listed among those to be disciplined.

They argued that the party is at risk of a bigger danger is sheriff and his group are not sanctioned.

One of the petitioners said the party might soon squander the opportunity it secured following the Supreme Court judgment, which sacked the former governor of Borno State.

The petition by the PDP Reform Group was signed by Ariyo-Dare Atoye and Sefinatu Umaru, who are co-conveners.

The statement added, “The PDP may soon be squandering the big reprieve it secured from the profound judgment of the Supreme Court by declaring a ‘no-victor, no-vanquished’, and dangling an unnecessary amnesty without sanctioning Senator Ali Modu Sheriff and his fake National Working Committee acolytes, to serve as a deterrent at the national level and as an example to state chapters.

“Big danger and impunity however await the party if Sheriff is not punished as this may create a signal for disgruntled elements to undermine the party without remorse.

“We make bold to say that organisational discipline relies on the power of sanction and any human institution that jettisons sanction and rewards impunity will become worthless over time.

“The irreducible minimum Nigerians are expecting from the PDP to be taken seriously again, as a party that has learnt some lessons from its 14 months avoidable ordeal, is to bring Sheriff and his fellow accomplices to book.”

They argued that the actions of Sheriff and his group cost the party the governorship elections in Edo and Ondo states.

The petition read, “His actions affected the performance of the party in the Edo governorship election; it caused our defeat in Ondo State, and wickedly sabotaged the party in Benue State.

“The fake NWC of Sheriff took a gamble in Osun for a different reason, but the local chapter worked harmoniously, together for the victory. We will never forget.

“Victory for democracy should not be a windy slogan at this point in time. The party must implement the recommendations that the numerous committees have proposed and entrench discipline, bring order and vigorously pursue strict adherence to the party’s constitution, which was our saving grace at the Supreme Court, as we plan to rebuild the convention.”

The Expanded National Caucus had met at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja on Monday.

Decisions and issues reached at the meeting would be brought to the meetings of the Board of Trustees and the National Executive Committee on Tuesday.

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