Why PDP lost Edo, Ondo and may lose future elections – Ali Sheriff faction


The Ali Sheriff faction of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, said it has identified impunity and lack of respect for the party’s constitution and the rule of law as the major problems that led to the its failure in the Edo and Ondo governorship elections.

Many have expressed the belief that the decision of Mr. Sheriff and his supporters to factionalise the PDP led to its failure in the elections.

The faction, at a media briefing on Monday in Abuja, however said the blame for the losses falls on three governors elected under the platform of the party.

Cairo Ojougboh Factional Deputy National Chairman
Cairo Ojougboh

Factional Deputy National Chairman

Although the faction did not mention the names of the three governors, it has been engaged in running battles with governors Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State and Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State.

Monday’s press briefing, addressed by the Deputy National Chairman of the faction, Cairo Ojougbo, said ” in all these difficult times only three governors have been the architects of the destruction of the party”.

Mr. Ojougbo said only the governors of “Taraba, Gombe, Bayelsa, Cross Rivers and a few others have been very cooperative and are willing to let the party grow. They have shown maturity, understanding and sagacity in the affairs of the PDP.”


The Sheriff faction recalled that the impact of impunity in the PDP manifested itself for the first time in the 2011 general elections when the defunct Congress for Progressive Change, CPC, defeated the PDP in Nasarawa State.

“We had a sitting governor then who could not deliver. This was the first warning against impunity. It was ignored.

Ayodele Fayose, Ekiti State Governor Photo:Pulse.ng
Ayodele Fayose, Ekiti State Governor

“Then in 2015 we had governors in Benue, Kogi, Niger, Jigawa, Plateau, Kaduna, Katsina, Kebbi, Bauchi and Adamawa. We lost in all these states for a common reason, the governors were not unpopular but they imposed their surrogates and the people voted them out. We paid for impunity,” Mr. Ojougbo said.

The faction argued that an analysis of the 2015 general election showed that all the ten states the party lost were in the northern part of the country, adding that even south-south states would not have survived if former President Goodluck Jonathan did not hail from the region. It said the figures that emanated from the south-east were also “abysmal”.

Mr. Ojougbo said the outcome of the 2015 election proved that although governors are very important in winning elections for a party, they do not necessarily determine the outcome.

“The running of the party should therefore not be left entirely to their whims and caprices. The party must have a say because party is supreme. In the case of Mimiko’s Ondo, the party was denied the valuable say,” he said.

The party leader also said that the faction had cried to all concerned ahead of the Edo election that the party hierarchy in the state was defective and that the Leadership needed to be changed “to allow the 60 stalwarts of the PDP who defected to APC return to the fold.”

Olusegun Mimiko
Olusegun Mimiko

“Of course the governors refused. There was no surprise to the result.

“In Ondo State, the script was written in 2013 when Governor Mimiko returned to PDP. All members he met on the ground left the party for him and he took over the PDP. The structure was handed over to the Labour Party.

“If Oke had not gone to AD and Mimiko managed leadership sportsmanly, PDP would have won the election convincingly.

“In the election, APC scored 244,842 votes while PDP scored 150,380 and AD scored 126,889 votes. It is a fact that the AD votes belong to PDP and the simple arithmetic shows why PDP lost; our votes went to Oke and AD,” he said.

He also said that when Mr. Mimiko returned to the PDP, his fellow governors appealed to him to allow for harmonization but he refused.

He said all the PDP members led by Olusola Oke therefore left the party.

Mr. Ojougbo said in choosing a candidate to succeed him, Mr. Mimiko did not allow original members of the PDP to buy forms.

“He mainly anointed Eyitayo Jegede (SAN) who was returned unopposed.

“Party members cried to the high heavens that Jegede is from the central zone where Mimiko hails from. Their cries fell on deaf ears,” he said.

He also said the primary election organised by the Sheriff faction had six participants which returned Jimoh Ibrahim as the candidate.

dickson-jegede-and-mimiko-620x330“Jimoh hails from the South. He campaigned vigorously and convinced the people to vote for him. But alas Mimiko will not allow him carry the party flag.

“Mimiko used the instrumentality of state government to overwhelm Jimoh but could not overwhelm the masses and voters. Of course the result is out there for all to see,” he said.

Sheriff independent of Buhari, APC

Mr. Ojougbo also said the accusation that Mr. Sheriff was doing the bidding of Nigeria’s ruling APC is not tenable.

He said it was PDP governors who invited Mr. Sheriff to be the chairman of the party. He also said when he (Sheriff) assumed office, he put in place a committee to conduct a National Convention to “elect people of good character to run the affairs of the party”.

He added that Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State was appointed the chairman of the zoning committee.

“The Governors met and decided that Sen. Ali Modu Sheriff should continue in office. The question is ‘was it Mr. President, General Buhari or the APC who sourced Senator Sheriff for the PDP’?

“Was it the APC who chaired the zoning committee that zoned chairmanship to Sheriff? The answer is No.

Ali Modu Sheriff
Ali Modu Sheriff

“We therefore call on all Nigerians to discountenance the idea that Sheriff is working for the APC. Sheriff was offered the senatorial ticket in the last general election after he left the APC. Senator Ali Modu Sheriff is a complete PDP faithful whose desire it is to reposition the party.

“Truth be told, Sheriff is insisting that power be returned to the people,” he said.

Mr. Ojougbo also spoke about the belief that Mr. Sheriff was a sponsor of the terrorist group, Boko Haram,

He said it is on record that when Mr. Sheriff was governor of Borno State, he suppressed and completely routed the Boko Haram.

“Boko Haram Killed 5 members of his family in the process of his fight against them.

“But when the current Governor of Borno State, Shettima, took over office, Boko Haram became emboldened, virulent and malignant.

“Note also that Shettima became governor because Boko Haram killed the man who was to be governor. His death paved way for the emergence of Shettima who willingly and deliberately encouraged Boko Haram.

“Sen. Ali Modu Sheriff has taken to court the Attorney General of Borno State who claimed that Sheriff is Boko Haram in Suit No. FCT/HC/CU/2494/2016 between Senator Dr. Ali Modu Sheriff vs. Barrister Kaka Shehu Lawan and 3 others which is currently ongoing,” he said.

Mr. Ojougbo said although the faction does not comment on individuals, but “for the sake of the survival of the party we take exceptions to the utterances of Prince Adeyeye”.

He said Mr. Adeyeye, spokesperson of the Ahmed Makarfi PDP faction, is attacking Mr. Sheriff’s faction believing that he will be awarded the governorship ticket of Ekiti State.

The sheriff faction, however, warned that if the PDP is not restructured, even if he ( Adeyeye) is awarded the ticket “which we know Fayose will not do, it will be an exercise in futility and a waste of time like Eyitayo Jegede’s”.

Mr. Ojougbo said Mr. Sheriff is the agent of change for the PDP and multiparty democracy in Nigeria.

“Sen. Ali Modu Sheriff remains the only and authentic National Chairman of the PDP and the NWC remains the only administrative body authorized by law to run the party.”

He concluded the briefing by calling on all party members to unite or the PDP will be dead forever.


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  • dr X

    I have to agree with sheriff on certain issues..Mimiko totally decimated PDP when he decamped..installed his own stooges..fights broke out. It was chaos for a minute. Also it was this same Mimiko that insisted on the sheriff choice for chairman

  • Kamalu

    The stand of the Sheriff faction of PDP shows clearly that God Almighty has a way to scatter the enemies of His people. They touted themselves to be the biggest party in Africa and without any legacies other than pervasive stealing of public funds the PDP is turning into a ragtag political party of inconsequential value.

  • MO the Observer

    very true… oke leaving PDP was a big mistake , imagine if he was with PDP, PDP would hve won Ondo state… PDP is dealing with Karma

  • Razorblade007

    Sherrif is a spoiler and an agent of destabilisation..He raised a neophtye to contest in Edo and topple the candidacy of Iyamu but failed, the ame method he used in Ondo. The quicker they show this imposter the door the better for the party.

    • Peter_Edo

      he wasn’t an imposter when he was paying the destitute salaries out of his pocket of the PDP then?

      • Aminu

        can you imagine the party that was bragging 2 years ago that it will keep ruling the country for 65 years but was unble to pay salaries to its ad-hoc staff just moment after losing the Presidency so what happened to all the monies accrued for 16 years in power?Anyway they have squandered our national treasury talk less of their party funds.In advanced democracies PDP officials could have been cooling their foots for treasury looting and the party banned and scrapped for misrule.

    • tundemash

      So what do you call those your Govs who begged Sheriff tc come and be their Chairman ? Agent of what ?

  • Kalofy

    The PDP is stuck with Ali Sheriff…The only solution left for the “real PDP members” is to leave the party en mass for Sheriff and his loyalists. Form another party, present a well thought out manifesto and actionable programmes as well as fresh, credible candidates, and march forward. Leaving PDP for Sheriff will lead to a quiet, natural end to the biggest platform ever created for robbing the country. And we could perhaps start thinking of a better alternative to the missteps and slowness of the current government.

    • Jane

      The real PDP are the Looters who will vote such people to power ????

  • Bo Biz

    Quote,”The factional Deputy National Chairman of PDP, Cairo Ojougbo said the accusation that Mr. Sheriff was doing the bidding of Nigeria’s ruling APC is not tenable,because it was PDP governors who invited Mr. Sheriff to be the chairman of the party.
    “The Governors met and decided that Sen. Ali Modu Sheriff should continue in office. The question is ‘was it Mr. President, General Buhari or the APC who sourced Senator Sheriff for the PDP’? “Was it the APC who chaired the zoning committee that zoned chairmanship to Sheriff? The answer is No..

  • emmanuel

    Sheriff, no wahala, Na Mimiko inordinate ambition of endorsing you for aActing PDP Chair in vew of becoming your VP aspirant for 2019 cost him the election.
    Same way your destructive fight will not earn you any Party’s ticket in 2019.
    I hope Fayose who rode the same train with Mimiko has learnt his lesson. Sheriff is not to be trusted.

    • Faden Lachang

      Their is nothing left for Sheriff to destroy. Jimoh have confirmed thier position as an APC mole .our concern is the stability and growth of democracy.

      • Paul Young

        Democracy in Nigeria will be better off without that evil party called PDP, trust me. A new formidable party should be formed to challenge APC in 2019. PDP as we know it is finished

    • tundemash

      Warri people say “Anywhere small pekin the cry the point hand, if him mama no dey there, him papa go dey there.” Mr. E-rat, you and Sherrif faction are saying same thing; PDPIgs will and must die !
      By the way, why is it taking forver for your king-kong FFK to launch his promised war ?

  • Bright Henry

    This is the Genesis of the current crisis in PDP that the APC is capitalizing on to deal PDP decisive blows left, right and center. Until this issue is resolved, PDP stands no chance.

  • Doyin

    Your PDP erats should keep on lamenting what calamity Sheriff has done you all. It is corruption that killed your PDP not Sheriff. Why did not you people stopped Fayose, Wike and Mimiko when they were collecting money from Sheriff? Corrupt e-rats, cry me a river!

  • Obosi Warrior

    Waiting for the gong -aso himself Fayose to forward his attack. Make I shift my chair nearer.

  • thusspokez

    The Ali Sheriff faction of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, said it has identified impunity and lack of respect for the party’s constitution and the rule of law as the major problems that led to the its failure in the Edo and Ondo governorship elections.

    Bullocks! It is truism that divided political parties don’t win elections. The Ali Sheriff faction divided the PDP and is the reason the PDP lost; and will do so again unless the Ali faction is ejected from the PDP.

    • Peter_Edo

      but he was BEGGED by Wike, Fayose, Mimiko and Akpabio against the terse and stern warnings by FFK, Okupe and co to become chairman when PDP became broke and couldn’t pay salaries of their staff. we all remember na…

      • Commentsfile..!!!

        He has forgotten …
        but we still remember that bro..
        but be it as it may.. Senator Sheriff is the
        only “ONE” standing on the side of the law
        in the whole saga when it comes to the
        following PDP constitution.. you can blame him for
        everything you like but should never be about
        breaking the constitution of the PDP.

    • Mufu Ola

      What of all the other points raised?

  • Paul Young

    The evil that men do lives with them. The current PDP crisis will not end until the party is dead and buried. Useless lot Nigerian politicians are. May PDP be the first to die since they were the pioneers of this unprecedented corruption in politics