Embattled factional leader of PDP, Ali Modu Sheriff says he remains the National chairman of the party till 2018 and that until the party caretaker committee members led by Ahmed Makarfi resign, the party cannot be at peace. He said this while speaking with some PDP members in Abia state yesterday July 18th.
“I told them that the convention should hold in Abuja away from Port Harcourt. These are the conditions to be met before I would speak to members of my National Working Committee. People are very interested in our party and how the impasse will be settled. Yes we have met, and issues were discussed, but all the issues I put forward for them was for the Makarfi Caretaker Committee to resign. Since it is an aberration as far as our party constitution is concerned, I told them that I am not ready to be a permanent chairman but I want the party to be placed in proper stead. If he resigns tomorrow, I will ask the members of my NWC whose tenure still lasts to 2018, including myself, and set up a Convention Committee in Abuja. In that convention, I will give away my mandate that will not expire until 2018. But until then, I remain the national chairman of this party until 2018. If the leaders of our party felt that we can find a solution without exhausting the Court then I am open to it we can find a political solution. Nothing like what has been reported. If you do not stand on the truth, the end result will be a serious distraction. The convention committee that we will do, I will nominate the chairman 10 people, and the Makarfi group will present 10 people and plan a convention that will take place in Abuja”he said