By Ben Agande,
Abuja – Factional chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff Tuesday night told members of the Reconciliation Committee constituted by the party’s Board of Trustees, BoT that some of them were party to the crisis that has divided the party.
Speaking Tuesday night when members of the Reconciliation Committee led by Professor Jerry Gana met him in Abuja, Senator Sheriff, nevertheless, said he was ready to listen to them with a view to finding solutions to the problem in the party.
He said he was against the culture of impunity in the party by ensuring that things are done in the right way.
According to him “I want to put it on record that I never asked or wanted to be National Chairman of the PDP. People came to beg me to put the party back together after the loss of the election in 2015. The governor of Bayelsa state came, and I objected initially, but the pressure was mounted on me. A lot of misinformation is going around. I took the responsibility to put the party together, and I did my best within the period.
I respect a lot of my leaders. Most of the problems that are happening today if our leaders had taken their responsibilities serious there won’t be problem but many of our leaders fail to take responsibility. I will listen to you as you listened to me then, I will come up with what I think had gone wrong. We all want our party to be great again, but we must do away with our impunity” he said.
Earlier in his remarks, the chairman of the reconciliation committee Professor Jerry Gana said they were meeting with Sheriff to find solution to the problem.
“We are here today not as a panel not as a court or as an appeal committee but as a family. We pray God to guide us so that the party can be one again. We have come to listen. We want to assure you that we are here to listen.
“Fortunately, we are here as politicians as solution providers. Anyone who is a man of God can be a solution provider. We have a burden of historic responsibility. As founding members of the party, only three of us are still alive, and we feel a sense of responsibility that what our founding fathers started will not be laid to waste. We feel there should be a feeling of understanding. We are here because we mean well.” he said.
The meeting subsequently entered into a closed door session which was on going as at press time.