Factional National Chairman, Peoples Democratic Party, Alhaji Ali Modu Sheriff, has laid the blame for PDP’s crisis at Ekiti State governors, Ayodele Fayose, and his Ondo State counterpart, Olusegun Mimiko’s doors.
Sheriff in a recent interview went into the genesis of the crisis.
He denied reports that his alleged ambition to become the party’s presidential candidate in 2019 was responsible for the crisis in the party.
The former Borno State governor also refuted claims that he promised governors from the South his running mate’s ticket in 2019 so as to get them back his ambition.
“These are all blatant lies. I challenge any governor to come out and testify that I said I would vie to be president, and asked that he should be my running mate. I never told anybody that I wanted to be a presidential candidate,” he declared.
Sheriff explained further: “The problems are all from the South-West. The entire problem is between Governor Ayo Fayose, Governor Mimiko and Senator Buruji Kashamu.
“Some people want me to fight Kashamu for no reason. What is my business? He is a leader in his own right. And he helped a lot of them to come into office. I wasn’t in the party when they had all that problem, but he was helping the party.
“You can’t use me to fight your cause. For me, anyone working for the party should get his due respect. Anyone who tells you anything contrary to this is wrong. This is the problem.”
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In a related development, Sheriff while speaking at a press conference in Abuja last Friday, said PDP’s governors were responsible for the corruption charges some members of the party are currently facing.
The factional chairman, who was represented by his deputy, Dr. Cairo Ojugboh, stated that state governors from PDP were using money belonging to their states to fund the party.
He said, “The party won’t rely on the governors for funds and all that anymore. We don’t need their money. The corruption issue we are having is because governors were bringing money to run party.
“We don’t need the governors’ money to run the party again.”