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Modu-Sheriff On A Mission To Kill PDP, Okwu, APGA Chieftain Warns

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Posted: Sep 3, 2016 at 11:48 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Chief Maxi Okwu, a top All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) chieftain, has stated that the factional chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ali Modu-Sheriff, may truly be on a mission to destroy the party, saying that if this happens, it will not augur well for the Nigerian democracy.

Okwu, who was speaking on the protracted crisis in the PDP, the main opposition party, especially the confusion that trailed its recent PDP Port Harcourt National Convention, said that it was wrong for Senator Modu-Sheriff to have been drafted from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to lead the PDP without considering the effect such action would have of the main opposition party.

Speaking with Independent in an exclusive interview,  Okwu maintained that both the Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike, and his Ekiti State counterpart, Ayodele Fayose, should be blamed for drafting Modu-Sheriff who is new in PDP to serve as Acting National Chairman overnight.

Okwu maintained that with the crisis in PDP, the vital ingredient of democracy, which he identified as a vibrant opposition, had been whittled down, as no other party was capable of checking the excesses of the APC as the government in power.

He said: “It is unfortunate that we are about to lose that ingredient. The APC in government seems to be hell-bent on intimidating or destroying the PDP. It’s vocal officers or personalities are facing one form of investigation or trial viz Olisa Metuh, Femi Fani-Kayode and Ayodele Fayose.”

Okwu warned that the struggle between Modu-Sheriff and Ahmadu Makarfi was the death knell of PDP, stressing that even if the party survives the crisis, it might not recover from it.

He stressed: “I am of APGA and believe that my party has the golden opportunity to now become the alternative to the APC,” adding that he believes on the imperative of a minimum of two viable and major platforms contending in a genuine democratic setting.

For the survival of PDP, Okwu suggested that the leaders of the mainstream PDP that support the Makarfi Caretaker Committee should immediately summon a national conclave of ‘Who is Who’ in the party at Enugu or Uyo, with Modu-Sheriff and his group in attendance.

“It may be useful for the invitation to go out in the name of former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan. All efforts at a pacific settlement of the matter should be made. I have my doubts if it will work as my take is that SAS has become the proverbial Bull in a China shop.

“It is my hunch that Modu-Sheriff is on a mission to take down the PDP. I wonder what Wike and Fayose had in mind when they drafted him from APC to make him National Chairman of PDP.  This effort has a one week time frame as there are urgent gubernatorial elections coming up in Benin and Akure,” he added.

In the likelihood that peaceful settlement would be resisted by the Modu-Sheriff group, Okwu suggested that the Makarfi group should consider doing what he termed a scorched earth policy on him.

According to him, “From experience, litigation could become protracted and bog down the party. Rather than play into the hands of Modu-Sheriff, who has not much to lose, the Makarfi group may abandon the party for him and leave him essentially with an empty barrel.

“They should move and take over any fringe party floated by elements of the PDP like Accord, Labour Party or PDM. A rose called by any other name is still a rose. Once this is done, a convention would effect a change of name and credible party structures nationwide.

“This has been done before. Tinubu and his supporters moved from AD to ACD, AC, ACN before finally landing in APC and winning power at the center. I also believe that this process would provide safe haven for nPDP elements in the APC like Bukola Saraki and co.”