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PDP Crisis: Let’s Have Viable Opposition Party, Rep Member Pleads

Ibrahim Mantu, former Deputy Senate President (right); Prof. Tunde Adeniran, former Minister of Education (middle), and Prof. Jerry Gana, former Minister of Information, during Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) parallel convention staged by Concerned members of the party in Abuja on Saturday. Photo: Jide Oyekunle.
Posted: Jul 8, 2016 at 6:25 am   /   by   /   comments (0)


Francis Onoiribholo


Benin – Apparently worried 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 who disclosed this said, 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.

Speaking at his country home in Ugboha, Esan South East Local Government area of the state, said, “I want to say the least, I can’t say I am worried or not worried, I was a member of the convention committee. I was there at Port Harcourt. When we returned from the convention to Abuja, the minority leader in the House of Representatives asked some of us to go and see Alhaji Modu Sheriff, to plead with him that the party is supreme and that he should put the party first; that if we have offended him as a person, we are coming on behalf of the PDP caucus in the House to ask for your forgiveness.

“Modu Sheriff complained of the injunctions that came and others, saying that it was the reason he stopped the Port Harcourt convention. He now told us that the governors have immunity that he does not have and that he can be arrested. So, he needs to obey the court orders. We now 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 Modu Sheriff so that the supremacy of the party can prevail. So the next day, the BoT of the party met with the caretaker committee. Then it was resolved that the stakeholders are ready to work with the caretaker committee.

“In that meeting it was also resolved that some of our leaders, should get in touch with Ahmadu 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 Modu Sheriff said nobody reached him, that wasn’t correct. I personally was in his house alongside other caucus members.

“My prayer is that, Modu 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 did you hear 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.”