The Peoples Democratic Party national chairman, Ali Modu Sheriff yesterday gave an insight into how he emerged the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, revealing that Governor Ayodele Fayose and those he described as ‘other Nigerians’ made him assume the position.
Sheriff , however, didn’t disclose the identities of the ‘other Nigerians’ that worked for his ascension into his new office.
This was as the governor of Ekiti State, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, said President Muhammadu Buhari was superintending over a super-corrupt government, contrary to what he makes the public to believe that he was a man of integrity.
Sheriff spoke in Ado Ekiti on Thursday at the PDP secretariat being part of his visit to the state to consolidate his hold on the party.
The ex-Borno governor promised to reignite the fortunes of the party back to what it used to be in 1999, when it was a darling party among Nigerians.
”Let me thank Governor Fayose for his efforts to keep our party on ground in Ekiti. It is God that used to make a leader and that was why God commanded in the Holy bible and Qur’an that He should be allowed to choose a leader for the people.
“I never wanted or thought of being chairman , but I was sleeping in my house when governor Fayose called me from Port Harcourt and said I was going to be the new National Chairman. This to me, was a miracle.
“With what I witnessed yesterday, it was obvious that God Chose Fayose for Ekiti people , because of his popularity among them. He was taken to the prison and eight years after, he came back. People won’t be happy with the governor if he had not been fair to them”.
Sheriff added that “In keeping PDP together, I am not going to insult anybody , we will only do this by allowing the people to choose their leaders through credible elections”, he said.
He promised that the PDP will remain a strong party in Nigeria through proper rebranding and by bringing aggrieved members back to rejoin the fold.
Fayose, who said his government will continue to criticize Buhari, stated that, “he promised Nigerians 10 million jobs, but it has turned out to be 10 million job lost. He increased electricity tariff , putting PDP members in handcuffs while Boko Haram suspects are walking free. It is only a sectional leader that does this.
“Buhari accused PDP of corruption, but today he is superintending over a super corrupt government”, he said.
Tactically referring to why he supported Sheriff, Fayose said: “ we want a leader who has a second address to pilot our affairs , because some of those who were raising their voices under ex-President, Goodluck Jonathan have gone underground because of fear and what they will eat.
“We know you have the capacity to restore the PDP and make it survive. You have the means and experience and we promise that we will always stand by you.