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PDP Crisis: Let’s Have United Opposition Party, Lawmaker Pleads

Posted: Jul 11, 2016 at 6:47 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Francis Onoiribholo

Benin – Disturbed by the lingering national leadership crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), a member of the House of Representatives has appealed for understanding, just as he called for a united opposition party in the country.

Hon. Sergius Oguns, member representing Esan South East and Esan North East Federal Constituency, made the appeal saying that the PDP must put its house in order for the sake of providing a viable opposition party to checkmate what he described as ‘excesses’ of the ruling party.

Oguns said, “When we returned from Abuja convention, the minority leader in the House of Representatives called some of us to go and see Alhaji Modu Sheriff to plead with him that the party is supreme and that if we have offended him as a person we on behalf of the PDP caucus in the house, have come to ask for forgiveness,” he stated.

He said that Sheriff complained of the court injunctions that came and others, saying that it was the reason he stopped the Port Harcourt convention.

“He told us that the governors have immunity he does not have, that he can be arrested, so he needs to obey the court orders. We pleaded that for whatever happened he should forgive us in the interest of the party.

“We left and regrouped that same evening to see Prof. Jerry Gana in his place to also let him know that we have met with Sheriff so that the supremacy of the party can prevail. So, the next day, the BoT of the party meet with the caretaker committee. Then, it was resolved that the stakeholders were ready to work with the caretaker committee.

“In that meeting, it was also resolved that some of our leaders should get in touch with Modu Sheriff and his people and it was later reported back that they couldn’t reach him. So, I was surprised when I saw in the papers that Sheriff said nobody reached him, that wasn’t correct. I personally was in his house along with other caucus members.

“My prayer is that Sheriff would for the sake of the party, do the needful and withdraw the cases in court and let us have one united party, so that we as an opposition party can take on the government of the day.

“As you and I know, things are not working right in this country. When was the last time you heard someone speak as a united PDP? Nobody. So I will plead with him that if people offended him, we say sorry and for the sake of Nigeria, let’s have a strong opposition party to check the government of the day,” he stated.