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PDP crisis: Why Sheriff must be punished immediately – Group

Ali-Modu-Sheriff

The People Democratic Party, PDP, Reform Group has petitioned the chairman of the party’s national working committee, Senator Ahned Makarfi, demanding immediate sanction of Senator Ali Modu Sheriff.

The group said Sheriff should not go unpunished for the role he played in the party’s prolonged crisis.

In a statement signed its conveners, Ariyo-Dare Atoye and Sefinatu Umaru, the group said without punishing Sheriff, his followers and sponsors, the party will not move forward.

According to them, “The PDP may soon be squandering the big reprieve it secured from the profound judgment of the Supreme Court by declaring a ‘no-victor, no-vanquished’, and dangling an unnecessary amnesty without sanctioning Senator Ali Modu Sheriff and his fake National Working Committee acolytes , to serve as a deterrent at the national level and as an example to state chapters.

“Big danger and impunity however await the party if Sheriff is not punished as this may create a signal for disgruntled elements to undermine the party without remorse.

“We make bold to say that organisational discipline relies on the power of sanction and any human institution that jettisons sanction and rewards impunity will become worthless over time.

“The irreducible minimum Nigerians are expecting from the PDP to be taken seriously again, as a party that has learnt some lessons from its 14 months avoidable ordeal, is to bring Sheriff and his fellow accomplices to book.

“His actions affected the performance of the party in the Edo governorship election; it caused our defeat in Ondo State, and wickedly sabotaged the party in Benue State.

“The fake NWC of Sheriff took a gamble in Osun for a different reason, but the local chapter worked harmoniously, together for the victory. We will never forget.

“Victory for democracy should not be a windy slogan at this point in time. The party must implement the recommendations that the numerous committees have proposed and entrench discipline, bring order and vigorously pursue strict adherence to the party’s constitution, which was our saving grace at the Supreme Court, as we plan for a rebuilding convention.

“The party must never be a slave to an office and the occupant of the office must always be reminded that the party is the facilitator, not an appointee.”

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