· Demands fresh convention, neutral venue
The factional national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ali Modu-Sheriff, has said the rule of law must prevail for the party’s crisis to be resolved.
Sheriff made the statement when he received some members of PDP Board of Trustees (BoT) reconciliation committee, led by Professor Jerry Gana, in Abuja, on Tuesday.
According to him, the crisis lingered because leaders in the party were not alive to their responsibilities and keep perpetuating it.
“I am ready to listen at anytime to the committee but for the crisis to be fully resolved, the rule of law must be followed.
“The moment we want to use impunity to address another, it will not work.
“If our leaders had taken up their responsibilities, we would never have had most of the problems we are facing today,” he said.
It was gathered that Sheriff reportedly told the Professor Gana-led committee that the only way peace could be achieved in the party was the immediate sack of the Senator Ahmed Makarfi -led national caretaker committee and the cancellation of national convention slated for August 17 in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
Nigerian Tribune gathered from sources that he also insisted that the date and the venue of the fresh convention must be set by all the party’s stakeholders and approved by its National Executive Committee, while the Rivers State governor, Nyeson Wike, must not chair the convention planning committee.