Sheriff meets Anenih over PDP crisis

Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja

The National Chairman, Peoples Democratic Party, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, met with a former chairman of the party’s Board of Trustees, Chief Anthony Anenih, in Abuja on Friday.

The meeting, which was held at the residence of the former minister of works, lasted for less than one hour but journalists were barred from attending.

Speaking to journalists after the meeting, Sheriff noted that the meeting was part of his ongoing consultation with party leaders across the country on how to reposition the PDP.

According to him, Anenih is a founding member of the party, and as such, in a position to guide the party out of its current travails.

“We see him as a father who should guide us on the way forward,” Sheriff said.

On his part, Anenih, who refused to speak with journalists, merely described the meeting as a father and son interaction.

He said, “I am talking to my son.  It is a family affair.”

However, speaking on the peace overtures made by Sheriff to aggrieved members of the party,  the PDP Deputy National Chairman, Dr. Cairo Ojougboh, who was on the national chairman’s entourage, noted that the need for reconciliation in the party could not be over-emphasised.

On what would be the fate of members of the party’s National Working Committee who resigned when the PDP crisis broke out, he said that the party would decide.

However, Ojougboh said he was convinced that Sheriff was very serious about repositioning the PDP.

He appealed to all aggrieved party men and women to give peace a chance, noting that a divided PDP cannot face the All Progressives Congress in the 2019 general elections.

He said, “I appeal in the name of God that anybody who is offended should give peace a chance. If you consider the option of going to another party, then you will break the PDP into two.  If the party is broken into two, there is no way we can disjointedly face the APC.”

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