The National Vice-Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Mr. Emmanuel Ogidi on Sunday said the outcome of last Thursday’s stakeholders’ meeting shows that the National Chairman of the party, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, lacked the capacity to lead the party.
He said Sheriff walking out on former President Goodluck Jonathan, governors, Board of Trustees (BoT) members and other prominent party leaders at the Abuja meeting revealed his character and spoke a lot about him.
Ogidi said Sheriff’s conduct was not just disrespectful to Jonathan, but also proof that he could not be trusted and was not competent to lead the PDP or even to be chairman or head of a village meeting.
Sheriff claimed he had walked out of the meeting because he was not allowed to address the participants in his capacity as national chairman.
“Sheriff showed that he is not a PDP member or a party man. Sheriff did not know what PDP went through for 16 years.
Who is Sheriff and when did he join PDP? It was the same Jonathan that he disrespected that day, who gave him a waiver to join.
He is not a member of the party; he does not understand how the party works.
The former president convened a meeting, and by his status and capacity, everybody responded.
Former Senate Presidents, David Mark and Adophous Wabara and others, including former national chairmen, were all there. Who-is-who in PDP were there as well as the founding fathers of the party.
If Sheriff was an intelligent man, he shouldn’t have done what he did. Even the small supporters he had, he disappointed them; some of them felt so bad.
If he was a party man he wouldn’t have done that.
Let us take for granted that we in PDP offended him, is that how to treat the party?
I haven’t seen where a man is bigger than the party. Your community can offend you but you cannot do anything to your community”, Ogidi said.
“Even when Chief Audu Ogbeh, a former chairman of the party, had issues with former President Olusegun Obasanjo, he didn’t behave like this”, he added.