By Sadiq Umar – Sacked Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ali Modu -Sheriff, said he remained the Chairman of the party, describing his removal and constitution of a caretaker committee as illegal.
Mr. Modu-Sheriff insisted that he is still PDP Chairman, citing court injunctions that purportedly cancelled the convention.
The former Governor of Borno state who spoke through his aide, Inuwa Bwala, said he had called for the postponement of the convention because several court injunctions.
Mr. Modu-Sheriff said he is not alone on the matter, adding that all the State chapters, Senators and Governors of Taraba, Gombe and Bayelsa left the convention ground with him.
“We have left the venue, because of the court injunctions, we are law abiding, the constitution of caretaker committee is not recognized by our constitution, so it is illegal”
“We left with the senators, except Deputy Senate President, the northern state chapters are with us, governors of Gombe, Taraba, Bayelsa are with us,” he claimed.
Arguing that, “The convention was cancelled, and it remains cancelled until such a time the matters in court are resolved, for us to convene another national convention.” he said
“Modu-Sheriff remained the national chairman of the PDP, going by the pronouncement of the court”.
“The court had said the office of the chairman would become vacant only in 2018, and that is part of the reasons we shelved the convention,” said Bwala.
He said Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike, and the Senate Minority Leader, Godwill Akpabio, wanted to go on with the convention even with the subsisting court orders, but we said no”
The motion sacking Modu Sheriff was moved at the convention by Mr. Akpabio, at the Port Harcourt Civic Centre.