Dickson, Wike caution as PDP plans convention

  • Dickson, Wike caution as PDP plans convention

Dickson, Wike caution as PDP plans convention

The 3-man Supreme Court panel led by Justice Olabode Rhodes-Vivour in the judgement ruled that Senator Ali-Modu Sheriff ceases to be the party's national chairman and ordered Ahmed Makarfi to take over the leadership of the party.

Fayose said he was armed "with a perfume" which he would have sprayed on his PDP membership cards and party flags before burning them.

He said the verdict saved the country from declining into a one party state, adding that there was every reason to thank God for the sustenance of multi-party democracy in Nigeria. "We are the only state without Plan B", he said.

He expressed gratitude to God for giving PDP leaders the wisdom to identify that with Sheriff, the party was headed for doom and had to retrace its steps. He urged those that instituted cases against the party to give peace a chance in the interest of party unity.

Even as PDP leaders and members deserve commendation for exhibiting a sense of maturity while the crisis lasted, the judges must be lauded for upholding the law, not minding whose ox is gored.

Makarfi, Sunday Vanguard authoritatively gathered, has impressed it on state chapters of the party now engulfed in one crisis or the other to give peace a chance, and warned that going forward, the party must ensure that all bickering are laid to rest, especially with the 2019 general elections in mind.

As a result of the preparation for the convention, each state branch of the party has been directed to submit 30 names.

This brings an end to the long-drawn leadership tussle that's threatened to rip the former ruling party apart.

Dickson's advice came amidst insistence by Sheriff faction of PDP in Lagos State that the judgment does not apply to them.

"Without such support, genuine reconciliation can not take place; without such support, the Caretaker Committee will have a herculean task organising an acceptable convention, without genuine reconciliation, the party can not move forward..."

Governor Dickson noted that the prolonged PDP leadership crisis was unnecessary in the first place, and believed that the PDP leaders had learnt their lessons, hoping that the PDP leadership would put in place measures to forestall re-occurrence of the needles crisis and litigations!

Ojouigboh said this in an interview with newsmen shortly after meeting with some members who were loyal to the former Chairman of the party.

"As we can see now, 2019 election will be a walkover in our favour".

In a statement by the erstwhile ‎spokesman of his faction, Bernard Mikko, Sheriff said that he was still waiting for his lawyers to brief him on the details of the judgment.