AHMED MUSA BABA, Abuja
The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ali Modu Sheriff has berated the All Progressive Congress (APC) led federal government for what he called, “an unnecessary blame game whilst urging it to concentrate on providing solutions to the myriads of problems confronting the country rather than perpetually blaming the PDP for the failure of government.
Senator Sheriff spoke Tuesday while inaugurating four committees of the party ahead of its May 21st national convention in Port Harcourt, Rivers State namely: the convention, Reconciliation, Finance and Zoning committees.
According to Senator Sheriff, the PDP shares in the pains Nigerians are going through in the hands of the APC led government, noting that with what has happened in the last one year of the APC-led government, Nigerians now have an opportunity to compare the performance of both parties to enable them make informed decision come 2019 general elections.
“The leadership of the party shares the pains of Nigerians after one year in office of the APC. Nigerians now have an opportunity to compare the PDP and the APC and Nigerians are the ultimate judges. Instead of APC providing solution, the APC is blaming PDP for lack of petrol in nigeria. I would like to advise the leaders of APC to stop blaming the PDP. We are now in opposition, repositioning the party to show Nigerians that we can do better”, he said.
The PDP chairman also alleged that the party had credible intelligence indicating that the APC was mobilizing its governors from other states to come to Abuja with a view to compromising the Area Council elections scheduled for the Federal Capital Territory on Saturday, warning that PDP will not allow its votes to be appropriated by any party.
“I have heard from reliable sources that governors of APC who are not resident of FCT want to come to the FCT for the election on Saturday. We will not allow anybody to rig us out. If they bring one governor, we will also bring in one governor. If they bring one former governor we will also bring in one former governor. We will not be part of any violence but we will protect our votes. Our votes must be counted and winners must be announced. There should be no inconclusive elections in the FCT” he said.
Sheriff also charged members of the committee to take their responsibility very seriously, adding that the party was being repositioned to take on the challenges the next elections will bring.
He promised that the leaders that would emerge from the forthcoming congresses and conventions would be those that would be elected by the delegates and would not be selected by other forces, insisting that the party must be returned to the people at the grass root.
“Today we will inaugurate four committees to strengthen our party. We are going to conduct convention and congresses and we will allow Nigerians to choose their leaders. Because our party is a large party, we may have made mistakes. Some people may have been omitted. We will take care of that in the future.
“I will like to beg our members that this party is for you. Every member has the right to demand what is going on but in doing so, our constitution must be respected. No party is run on the pages of newspapers. I want to say that this party will never be owned by one person. It belongs to all Nigerians” Sheriff added.
Speaking after the inauguration, the chairman of Convention committee of the party and governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike promised that his committee will do its best in the discharge of its duties, assuring party members that Rivers will deliver the best ever convention in the party’s history.
“I want to assure you that we will put in our best to ensure the success of the forthcoming convention. I want to call on all members of the party to cooperate with members of the committee. We must work together, we must stop suspecting ourselves. It is not going to be easy for us to take over in 2019 but with commitment and God on our side, we will succeed” he said.