GOVERNORS of the PEOPLES Democratic Party (PDP) on Saturday told the Board, of Trustees, BoT, of the party of their frustration in getting the erstwhile National Chairman of the party, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, to be on the same page with the rest of the party.
The PDP governors had descended on Abuja on Thursday to find a way out of the logjam following the frustration of the Prof. Jerry Gana-led Reconciliation Committee but were said to have vowed to go ahead with the Port-Harcourt convention scheduled for Wednesday irrespective of the alleged antics of Sheriff.
At the Abuja meeting were Governors Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo, Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti, Darius Ishaku of Taraba, Nyesom Wike of Rivers and Ibrahim Dakwambo of Gombe who hosted his colleagues with the BoT members at the Gombe Governors Lodge.
The BoT led by its Chairman, Senator Walid Jibrin, had Senator Ibrahim Mantu, a former Deputy President of the Senate, in his team.
The governors, it was claimed, took strong offense at Sheriff’s condition for peace, including the postponement of the convention by one month and that he should be allowed to handover to the next National Chairman.
“Postponing the convention is no doubt a trap from Sheriff because, by the end of August 20, 2016, the Makarfi Caretaker Committee will cease to exist, thus creating a vacuum, which Sheriff and his external backers are hoping to capitalize on,” a source said.
The PDP governors had, at a meeting hosted by Mimiko at the Ondo State Governor’s Lodge on Thursday night, resolved to meet with Sherrif to formally engage him, prompting the meeting of Friday with Sheriff that ended yesterday morning.
Sheriff had listed his conditions for peace to include shifting of the convention from next Wednesday, August 17, to a later date, change of the convention venue from Port Harcourt to Abuja, removal of Governor Wike as the Convention Committee Chairman, among others.
The demand for the postponement of the convention was said to have enraged Fayose who was quoted as saying: “If the convention is not held as scheduled, that will mark the end of the party and anyone talking about shifting the convention is an enemy of the party.”
Meanwhile, the Gana committee was, at press time, set to submit its report on its engagements with Sheriff to the BoT.