22nd February, 2016
The national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Ali Modu-Sheriff vowed on Monday that he will not resign from his new position despite demands from some members of the opposition his party.
The former governor of Borno state spoke after he officially took over mantle of leadership at Wadata Plaza, PDP National Secretariat.
“I won’t resign because the leadership of the party, in their wisdom, chose me to lead the PDP for the purpose of rebuilding and repositioning the party at this critical period,” Sheriff said.
He however said he would embark on wide consultations to bring every member of the party on board with a view to seeking reconciliation and acceptance from all.
“I will bring everybody on board. Let those who were not consulted before I was appointed forgive all of us for whatever wrongs have been made. The former Governor added that if all members of PDP agree to work together, the party will overcome its challenges.
“If all stakeholders agree to build the party, PDP will become the biggest party in Nigeria again,” Sheriff urged his party members.
According to him, while those who are aggrieved may truly love the PDP, taking to the media to voice such grievances cannot be the solution.
Sheriff who said leadership of his party would decide the length of his tenure “at the appropriate time” promised to unfold his agenda as soon as he gets briefed on the conditions of the party.
He added that he will soon initiate discussions with chieftains of the party that defected to other parties before the 2015 general election, with a view to wooing them back to PDP.
The PDP Chairman who again dismissed reports linking him to the Boko Haram insurgent group as “figment of imagination of the writers,” said he was being targeted because he fought the terror group when he was governor of Borno State.
“Boko Haram killed my own brother. They killed members of my family, so why should I sponsor people to kill my own brother, my own family. I am not a fanatic. I love to enjoy my life. Boko Haram are criminals who live in the bush and eat once a day. I believe their sponsors will be caught at the end of the day. I have nothing to do with Boko Haram,” sheriff said.
He however said those that have been trying to link him with the terror group, especially, former Aviation Minister, Fani Kayode will not be allowed to go scot free.