More troubles for PDP as leaders ask National Chairman to resign

Ali Modu Sheriff

A group of concerned Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, stakeholders and elders has called on the new National Chairman of the party, Ali Modu-Sheriff, to resign.

The group, under the aegis of PDP Rescue Group led by Wilberforce Juta, who also contested for PDP chairmanship, made the call during a news conference on Sunday in Abuja.

Mr. Juta said that the party leaders were upset about Mr. Modu-Sheriff’s appointment as PDP national chairman.

He said “most PDP members did not see in Sheriff a model of impeccable integrity that the party badly needed to lead it at this critical moment.

“We are upset by the decision of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party in appointing Ali Modu-Sheriff as national chairman.

“We are convinced that this decision is against the will and wish of the generality of members.

“We know for a fact the North-East Zonal wing, having been directed by the National Caucus of the party to forward nominees from the zone, did not nominate Modu-Sheriff for the position of national chairman.

“Consequently, Modu-Sheriff should do the needful by stepping down honourably as it is evident that party members nationwide have overwhelmingly rejected him.”

He said that the current leadership crisis in PDP was a challenge to every Nigerian.

He emphasised that “having the PDP destroyed by acts of error of judgment as being witnessed now is denying Nigeria of a strong opposition party that is badly needed if Nigeria’s democracy is to be strengthened and all tendencies toward civilian dictatorship checked.

“The crisis must challenge all party members to action to halt the party from further drift. The plan of PDP Rescue Group is to mobilise party members and leaders to help attain this noble goal.

“It is, therefore, critical if the PDP must come back to national reckoning, that we remodel its leadership on the platform of honesty as required by the party manifesto.”

He then urged all party organs to rise to the challenge by insisting on the removal of Mr. Modu-Sheriff.

Mr. Juta also urged the different organs, as well as past and present leaders to commence the search for persons with high integrity, strategic insight and fear of God Almighty to lead the party.

“It is our considered view that we endeavour to elect only those with discernible traits,” he said.

He called for early Congresses and National Convention of the party to elect new leaders as the term of the current leadership was due to end in March 2016.

He said “under no guise should the tenure of the current leadership of the party be extended, if we must make the needed fresh beginning.”

While answering questions, former President of the Senate, Adolphus Wabara, who is the Deputy Chairman of the group, said Mr. Modu-Sheriff’s appointment was imposed on the party.

A former Deputy Governor of Sokoto Sate and Secretary of the group, Mukhtari Shagari, also called on Mr. Modu-Sheriff to resign.

Mr. Shagari added that leaders of the party could not sit down and allow the party to die.

Others at the briefing include John Odey, Kabiru Mohammed, Akilu Indabawa, Umar Ardo, Bashir Maidugu, Mohammed Kabir, Pogu Bitrus, Lancelot Anyanya, and Muyiwa Oladimeji.


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  • wazobia scatter!!!!!!

    “He said that the current leadership crisis in PDP was a challenge to every Nigerian.”

    na lie ………………………….

    • duwdu



  • Dazmillion

    Although PDP put Nigeria in its present quagmire, not having a viable opposition to APC will spell disaster for Nigeria in the long run. Than again it might better for PDP to die a natural death and have a new party replace it.

    • Gbenga Olu

      Either you are not sound academically or you don’t have it at all! Why are you and your party APC bent on blaming previous administration for your incompetence? Leadership requires sound education in an organized head. Economics is a science of choice the logic of sense. It’s never a science of integrity the logic of prayers! Those who cannot intelligently combine variables to get a better output for the benefit of the state should toll the part of honour and resign for superior brains to pull the country out of the doldrums. Stop all this blame games !

      • Dazmillion

        Oga I am not an APC member. The question you should be asking yourself is how did we go from a PHD holder to a suspect WAEC certificate holder? Buhari is a creation of Jonathan’s incompetence

        • Gbenga Olu

          Jonathan might not be the best but there’s one thing divinely with him – goodluck! The present man on the throne is known for bad luck and it has befallen on Nigeria! The president himself acknowledged that he has bad luck. King Solomon said that it does not matter how much you struggle, how much you work hard or how intelligent you are; what matters is being at the right place at the right time, in short chance (book os Ecclesiastial). Who brings this chance (luck)? God! Buhari’s appearance in Nigeria governance has always been a punishment for the Nigerians! I was not a kid in 1983!

  • Fulanis leave PDP alone

    Atiku, Akande battle for APC BOT chairmanship

    There are strong indications that a fresh power tussle is brewing in the All Progressives Congress over the chairmanship of its Board of Trustees.

    Saturday PUNCH reliably learnt on Friday that the tussle was between former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar and a former Chairman of the party, Chief Bisi Akande.

    Investigations showed that the tussle was part of moves by the power blocs in the APC to influence decisions in the party by taking control of its various organs.

    Saturday PUNCH had last week reported that two power blocs led by Atiku and a National Leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, had engaged in a fierce battle to control the party.

    It was learnt that the two camps believed that the BOT chairmanship would go a long wa

  • leave sheriff alone

    Sheriffs daughter is married to the son of Buhari–so if Buhari can allow his son marry the daughter of a terrorist, then Buhari himself is terror suspect-leave sheriff alone–The Apes in APC said it was FFK who made it impossible for Jonathan to win the 2015 elections—They did the same when Jonathan hired Akupe——————-But Jonathan stood by them—–now the same people run when needed most in PDP–It is the Fulanis that will destory APC and PDP–Because them no dey like anything good except boko haram————–Sadly both parties were co-joined by the Fulanis

  • Otile

    After struggling for many years and getting no where China reversed course. At first Chairman Mao banned all imported goods, cut ties with predatory foreign market forces, shunned borrowing money from World Bank, killed all coupists and ex-coupists, hanged all known corrupt officials, made education free for all citizens, rewarded scholars specializing in science and Math. He then looked inward, promoted unity and justice for all, checked religious extremists, abolished polygamy, checked excessive population growth, and emphasized nationalism.

    Today China is self-sufficient, 2nd most powerful economic power in the world. Here in the Republic of Nigeria Buhari is
    a non-starter. He is not doing anything useful to mankind. He is nepotistic and anti-science. His policies are not the way to develop a nation.

    Don’t get me wrong, I do not hate Buhari. The problem is that he does not know any better, his advisers and appointee do not
    know any better either. There are many Nigerians from every zone who can move the country forward, but such people are often ignored or clamped down by the corrupt forces.

  • uduakomiri

    Party of brainless cunts….Soyinka was after all right to describe the PDP as a ‘nest of killers’. How could any sane party that seeks the support and votes of the people select as party chairman, a man that is publicly accused of being a sponsor of Boko Haram a terrorist group that has killed thousands of Nigerians? It’s unthinkable that any sensible, responsible public or private organisation would even want to associate openly with a man like Modu-Sherrif. It is scandalous what is going on in the PDP. As much as I’d like the party to implode, and burn to ashes for all the atrocities its rule in the last 16 years brought upon the country and its citizens yet one cannot lose sight of the fact that we still have PDP councillors, governors, assemblymen, reps, and senators in charge of portions of the government in Nigeria. To think the party has a terrorist as its chairman should worry every right thinking citizen of this country….

    • Burning Spear

      soyinka is an agent of the Aprs in APC he is no good example- his friends son is in jail–u remember-General-Kuti

      • uduakomiri

        You are not ok in the head. What has the misdeed of Soyinka’s son got to do with the Noble Laureate? I guess you have been licking and sniffing that powdery substance as usual? Aka ga akpara gi very soon, onye ntu!

    • Otile

      Don’t say cunts, it is immoral.

      • uduakomiri

        Otele, you are a right cunt…for supporting every evil party and politician. You should never utter the word ‘immoral’ lest thunder twist your lying lips as one who defends every immoral act on this forum. Ohu!

        • Otile

          Back to sender. I do not support any evil party, so your curse remains with you and follows you to your grave. uduakomiri say amen or be struck dumb forever.

          • uduakomiri

            Otele nama you are not only a proper fanny you are also a spineless vulture. Why are you fretting about a curse and shouting ‘back to sender’ like these fake prophets and pastors of all these dubious, superstitious clap-hand churches? What I said to you about thunder twisting your evil lying tongue is fact because truth gives you instant diahorrea because thunder has already wrecked your system so that lies and evil are now engraved in your soul….giant douchebag!

  • Burning Spear

    The immediate past governor of Rivers State and current Minister of Transport, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi illegally acquired and diverted not less than N40 billion of Rivers State funds into the presidential campaign of the All Progressives Congress (APC) which saw the emergence of Muhammadu Buhari as President, emerging details are revealing.

    Funds running into billions of naira were unaccounted for in sleazy misappropriations allegedly facilitated and presided over by the former Rivers State governor. Sources informed about the shady deals under Amaechi availed SIGNAL, details that show how Rivers State’s treasury was emptied into private concerns of the former governor as well as the APC presidential campaign.

    In October 2015, a Judicial Commission of Inquiry, set up to investigate the sale of state assets in Rivers State under Amaechi demanded the immediate prosecution of Amaechi and all his cronies involved in the illegal sale of Rivers State assets. According to the panel report, Amaechi misappropriated over N97 billion in the sale of the state valued assets.

    “The commission recommends that the former governor of Rivers State, Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi, along with his former commissioners for Finance and Power, Dr. Chamberlain Peterside and Augustine Nwokocha, respectively, should be held to account for their roles in the sales of the power generation assets of First Independent Power Limited and the disbursement of the proceeds therefrom.

    • Abdul

      Which account was this money paid into? provide bank names and acct numbers, it shouldnt be difficult to trace with TSA.

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    • Fadama

      Nothing but diversionary hogwash from the article’s contents. Your name should be ‘burnt brain or burning brain’

      • Motherland

        It’s the same guy called derived, don’t waste your time, ignore!

  • ed

    Some degree of sanity seems to be retaking the PDP from the Boko Haram.

    • Sir Charles

      End Time!!!


      Rosary of the Unborn

  • favourtalk

    PDP is dead totally in Nigeria, they should forget any means of making it pass thier stage. They are totally dead

  • MushinSpeaks

    We keep saying PDP is dead in Nigeria but they yet to succumb to that fact. With Sheriff as the party head, credible opposition is dead and buroed. Coupled with Wike and Fayose, please tell me clearly what these guys will bring to opposition order than violence and bloodshed… PDP is dead and dead and buried and cemented

  • tundemash

    He said “most PDP members did not see in Sheriff a model of impeccable integrity that the party badly needed to lead it at this critical moment.

    But Mr. Juta failed to tell us who is of impeccable integrity among the PDPigs nest of killers better than Alhaji Boko Haram Modu Sheriff . When you allow a lunatic Fayose to be the driving force behind your party, that is what ou get. R.I.P PDP, the biggest looting party in Africa!

    • duwdu

      Please, tell them! No one group can open its “korokoro” eye and grow weed, then turn around to expect to reap yam.

      ‘Nuf said.


  • Tafidan Dogon Daji

    PDP is not dead;it won’t die as being exaggerated by those who used and dumped it.
    One beautiful question that needed response is,between APC and PDP,which one is owned by an individual?The beautiful answer is the APC.This party,APC,would be dead on day one without its mentor,PMB,as Allah pleases.

  • Burning Spear

    The PDP should never make the mistake of installing a Fulani as chairman of the party—we have seen the rule of the Apes in APC—that ehtnic group has nothing to offer Nigerians from Chad where they all hail from–A look at the government of Buhari is enough to tell us Sheriff is the best-thing to happen to the party–Call him whaever name his duahter is married to the son of Buhari—-yet the fools in PDP claim he is a bopko haram backer–then who is Buhari? A finanicier abi?

  • Burning Spear

    The PDP should never make the mistake of installing a Fulani as chairman of the party—we have seen the rule of the Apes in APC–led by a Fulani-That ethnic group are cursed—-Has nothing to offer Nigerians from Chad where they all hail from–A look at the government of Buhari is enough to tell us Sheriff is the best-thing to happen to the party–Call him whaever name u wish to——his duahter is married to the son of Buhari—-yet the fools in PDP claim he is a boko haram backer–then who is Buhari? A finanicier abi?