Sheriff consults ex-BoT chairman, Aninih over PDP crisis

By Wahab Akanji, Abuja
The court affirmed National Chairman of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ali Modu Sheriff has met with a former chairman of the party’s board of trustees, Chief Tony Anenih to consult him on the party’s leadership crisis.
Anenih is a founding father of the PDP
The Court of Appeal had on February 17, pronounced Sheriff as chairman of the party, while the Alhaji Ahmed Markafi group said it would appeal the ruling.
Markafi, a former governor of Kaduna State is being supported by the present PDP governors.
Sheriff, after the close door meeting with Anenih at his Abuja residence, informed newsmen that the visit was to seek Anenih’s advice on ways to reposition the party.
“If there are two founding fathers, Cheif Anenih is one. Therefore, as a father, I came to consult with him. I came to tell him that this is the situation we are. He as a father who formed this party, should help us on how to reposition the party to the period of 1999. Baba has given us kind and fatherly advice on all matters,’’ Sheriff said.
Anenih who declined comment on advice he offered to Sheriff, said it was a meeting between father and son.
“I have spoken to my son. He will speak with others,’’ Sheriff said.
Also speaking with newsmen, the Vice Chairman of PDP, Dr Cairo Ojougboh said that the visit was part of efforts by Sheriff-led leadership to re-unite members of the party.
He said that the consultation with party leaders across the country would continue.
“We are doing this in order to come up with a formidable party,’’ he said.
Asked if the Sheriff group actually broke into the party secretariat as insinuated by the party caretaker committee members, Ojougboh said it was not true.
He said that after the Court of Appeal judgment, the court served the police, and the Directorate of State Security Service the judgment.
“Mr Chairman did not break in, it was police who locked the secretariat that re-opened it,’’ he said.
Sheriff had on Thursday evening re-opened the secretariat which had been under lock since May 2016.

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