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Wike Regrets Supporting Sheriff’s Appointment As PDP Acting National Chairman


RIVERS, NIGERIA (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The Chairman planning committee of the aborted opposition PDP National Convention and Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has regretted being part of the process and decision that influenced the appointment of factional National Chairman of the party, Ali Modu-Sheriff.

Wike made the declaration Wednesday in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital after the non-elective convention of the PDP held at another venue.

Responding to questions from a private Television (AIT) which was monitored by AFRICAN EXAMINER, Wike hit that the former Borno State Governor, was not qualified to be a member of the PDP in the first place, let alone of occupying its headship position.

The Governor who maintained that the Police action – disallowing the convention to hold at the slated venue was wrong, stressed that Sheriff lacked credible record and good character to lead the party with spread like the PDP.

While admitting that he and his colleagues who installed Sheriff as the acting National Chairman were wrong in their action, yet, Wike asserted it was important for them to retrace their steps, hence the need for Ahmed Makarfi-led faction National Caretaker Committee.

When confronted with the question on the possibility of the party calling on the existing factions of the party, with the objective of mediating and reconciling all stakeholders, Wike whose mandate as Governor is surrounded with many controversies snapped that, there was nothing to mediate or negotiate over with the characters like Sheriff.

He insisted that he would not be a party to mediation with Sheriff who he described as having betrayal history. He added if his party resolved to dialogue with Sheriff, he would advise and make his position known.

Wike who was evasive on the alleged court judgment procurement, alleged that something was fundamentally wrong somewhere in the conflicting court ruling saga.

The Governor also denied that the factional PDP did not receive Justice Okon Abang ruling’s copy – which barred it from conducting the controversial Convention.

He alleged that the present ruling class did not face the type of travail they allegedly being subjected while his party was at the centre for 16 years.

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