The national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, has said he will neither accept nor implement any report submitted to him by the committee set up by former President Goodluck Jonathan.
The former president had at the PDP stakeholders’ meeting held recently at the Yar’adua Centre in Abuja, announced the setting up of a 40-man committee saddled with the responsibility of finding a lasting political solution to the party’s leadership crisis after Sheriff had stormed out of the meeting.
Jonathan, who promised to chair the committee if he had time, added that in his absence, former vice president Namadi Sambo or former Senate president, David Mark, would head the committee which would submit its report in two weeks.
But speaking with Daily Trust in a telephone interview yesterday, Dr Cairo Ojougboh, who spoke on behalf of Sheriff, said only the report of the Governor Seriake Dickson’s Committee would be implemented.
“We recognise the Dickson’s committee report only. The party has no business with any other committee not set up by the National Working Committee (NWC),” he said.
The PDP National Legal Adviser, Barr. Bashir Maidugu, also said any PDP believer who wants the national convention to be held should key into the recommendations of the Dickson’s committee, adding that no other report would be considered by the party.
Maidugu said, “The Jonathan’s committee has no relevance. We won’t recognise it. What importance does the committee have?
“We have already accepted the report of the Governor Dickson-led Reconciliation Committee and we are working on it. Those who want the PDP crisis to be nipped in the bud should have also accepted the report of the Dickson’s committee.
“The Dickson’s committee is a creation of the second highest decision-making body of the PDP, the NEC. It had been there before the May 21, 2016 botched convention. It is a standing committee. So, we are implementing its report,” he said.
Similarly, the acting spokesman, Hon. Bernard Mikko told Daily Trust in an interview that, the “Dickson’s committee is a formal standing committee of the party set up by NEC. Other non-formal reports could generate largely exploratory academic pursuit aiming at enhancing unity in the party.”
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