PDP crisis: 23 state chairmen back Sheriff

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The crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party has taken a new dimension with 23 out of the 36 state chapter chairmen throwing their weight behind the National Chairman of the party, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff.
They also said they were backing recommendations made by the Governor Seriake Dickson’s Peace and Reconciliation Committee for a unity national convention to hold not later than August this year.
The state chairman stated this after their meeting in Abuja on Friday night.
In their communique, which was made available to journalists on Saturday, they expressed concern that if the ongoing leadership crisis in the party was not resolved quickly, it would affect the fortune of the party, especially as the Independent National Electoral Commission has released the 2019 election timetable.
The communique of the meeting was read by the Federal Capital Territory PDP chairman, Mr. Yunusa Suleiman.
He said he and his colleagues were supporting Sheriff because of the the judgement of the Court of Appeal, which pronounced him as the party’s substantive national chairmen.
Suleiman, nevertheless, said that the support for the chairmen was without prejudice to the ongoing appeal lodged by the Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led National Caretaker Committee of the party, at the Supreme Court.
He said whatever decision reached by the apex court would be followed by them as well.
They insisted that the political solution being proffered by former president Goodluck Jonathan was the best out of the crisis.
The party chairmen also said that they were worried that the leadership crisis was causing the party to loose its members to the All Progressive Congress across the country.

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