By Wahab Akanji, Abuja
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has picked the immediate past governor of Borno State, Alhaji Ali Modu Sheriff as its new National Chairman.
National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Chief Olisa Metuh, disclosed this to newsmen at the party’s National Executive Council (NEC) meeting in Abuja on Tuesday.
Commenting on how the party arrived at the choice of Modu Sheriff, Metuh said party leaders in the North-East caucus had earlier submitted five names to the National Caucus meeting of the party, from 29 candidates that indicated interest from the zone.
He said that since North-East Zonal leaders were unable to present a single candidate to the national caucus of the party, additional candidates from the zone were invited for screening.
He listed the candidates whose names are submitted to include Chief Wilberforce Juta, Saidu Kumo, Alhaji Girgir Lawal, Shehu Gabam and Mohammed Wakil.
Others invited for interview, he added, were Ambassador Wilberforce Juta, Senator Kumo, Senator Girgir, Shehu Gabam and Sheriff.
“After the interview process, these names were reduced to two persons. Just this afternoon, various organs of the party met separately to choose one of the two names presented to them.
“The PDP governors, National Assembly Caucus, the Board of Trustees (BoT) and National Working Committee (NWC) met separately and brought a candidate to the national caucus.
“One interesting thing is that unanimously, it was the name of the same candidate that was presented to the National Caucus.
“Although no appointment was yet made, but I can confirm to you that, Alhaji Ali Modu Sheriff was the candidate presented,” Metuh said.
Metuh added that Sheriff’s name had been forwarded to the party’s BoT and the NEC for approval and ratification.