The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP Board of Trustees, BoT has called on the embattled National Chairman, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff to take the path of honour to bow out of office come May 21, and that any attend for him (Sherif) to plan to elongate his tenure will be regarded as an act of impunity and invitation for trouble.
Addressing newsmen Tuesday in Abuja, the acting BoT Chairman, Walid Jibrin, said the call became necessary “following calls by praise singers who were calling on Sheriff to extend his tenure.”
The acting chairman added that the current tenures of the executive members of the party’s National Caucus, BoT, National Executive Committee as well as National Working Committee, NWC will equally come to an end by that date.
He said, “The above responsible bodies have approved that the tenure of the national officers will end immediately after the convention when new officers are duly elected.
“The present NWC received an overwhelming ovation at the meeting of the national caucus, BoT and NEC by overlooking their 2017 tenure in support of the three months approval of the respected organs of the party which should strictly be complied with.
“Instead of listening to praise singers, Sheriff should follow the path of honour by simply taking a bow in May 2016 after the national convention.
“The recent courtesy calls to Sheriff and the presentations being made, especially calling on him to continue beyond the stipulated three months tenure is an invitation to trouble, anarchy and the return of impunity in PDP.”
Jibrin further advised Sheriff that for his own sake he should heed the three months stand given to him by the NEC, and that nothing pays better than playing the path of honour and integrity. He said that by this act Sherif could remain relevant and respected in the PDP’s record book of achievers.
Being optimistic that his party will bounce back to power come 2019, he has called on the party to adhere to Senator Ike Ekweremadu Post-Election Review Committee’s recommendation to seek its 2019 presidential candidate from the Northern part of the country.
He warned of an imminent dangers and pointed that “for the obvious violation of the zoning arrangement in the 2011 election,” his party paid dearly for it culminating in the party’s poor performance of the 2015 elections.
“The national caucus, BoT, and NEC have already approved this recommendation by unanimously zoning 2019 presidency to the north.
“To change this decision now is a further invitation to impunity, the lack of party democracy, non-adherence to party zoning principles, influence of ‘god fatherism’, the lack of respect for the decision of constituted party organs, self-imposition and killing the PDP.
“Anyone who attempts to reverse the position by changing it with another position will ever remain an enemy to the north, a mercenary and killer of PDP.
“All members of the party must unite not to allow themselves to be bought by anyone and not to be tempted with anything to divide and rule us.
“All PDP members must be ready to cooperate to say final bye-bye to impunity, the lack of internal democracy, god-fatherism and naked exhibition of mans inhumanity to man by man.”
He added that the BOT would resist any move by anybody to destroy the good foundation set by the PDP founding fathers and mothers and shall remain the conscience of the party.
Jibrin maintained that the above submission was done based on the powers given to BoT in PDP party constitution part ix section 32 5(a) (b) (c) (g) and 6.
He added that the party’s BoT intended to meet next week to further strengthen its position in support of the last decision of the caucus, BoT, and NEC.
According to him, other items on the agenda for the meeting include membership of BOT sub-committees.
He also said that the BoT was expected to be briefed by Sheriff on the approved PDP congresses and convention committees of finance, zoning and reconciliation.