The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, has urged those itch to get rid of him to wait for the national convention to vote for a new leader of the party.
Sheriff said that prior to the declaration of the Court of Appeal, both himself and the president of the National Caretaker Committee, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, had an agreement that what was reached the verdict that no one should do anything further to destroy the party.
Addressing a press conference yesterday in Abuja, he pleaded with the governors and those who are opposed to his emergence as national chairman not to do anything that would further divide the party, adding that he understands that most of them have spoken out of anger.
Sheriff said: “I am not here to remain as national chairman. As soon as we hold our national convention, I’m leaving. I will make sure that we do a credible convention, and that we elect leaders that are accepted by the grassroots, that is our mission. I will do that by the grace of God,” he said.
Sheriff, who spoke during a solidarity visit by some PDP leaders from the South-west led by Chief Makunjuola Ogundipe, pleaded with all agitated members to allow peace to return to the party.
He assured that before Friday, he is going to reopen the national secretariat having transmitted all necessary court documents to the security agencies to effect its re-opening.
He said his remaining days at helm of affairs of the PDP are to work hard to reconcile the party and to reposition it to its pre-1999 position.
“I plead in the name of God, let’s bring peace to PDP. Let build this party. If you want us to change something, wait for the convention and vote for the person you like, and Nigerians and the world will see that you are validly elected by the PDP.
“Yes our governors are very important, they are leaders of this party in their own right, they don’t have to divide the party. I will not come down to the level of Ayodele Fayose, I beg him to respect PDP, whatever he said about me posterity will judge him.”