Former PDP Governors, Ministers Attacks Ali Modu Sheriff
Peoples Democratic Party chieftains, including former governors and ex-ministers, have condemned the spoiler role allegedly being played by Senator Ali Modu Sheriff within the party.
Most of the prominent politicians and elder statesmen, who spoke in separate interviews with Punch correspondents across the country on Saturday, specifically accused Sheriff of being a mole in the PDP and recommended stiffer punishments for him.
Among them were a former PDP governor in Ogun and Plateau States, Otunba Gbenga Daniel and Senator Joshua Dariye; Secretary of the ex-PDP Ministers Forum, Prof. Abubakar Suleiman; former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode; and a former FCT Minister, Senator Jeremiah Useni.
Others were the PDP candidate in the 2014 Osun State governorship election, Senator Iyiola Omisore; a former Military Administrator of Bayelsa State, Idongesit Nkanga; the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Mr. Leo Ogor; Ebenezer Babatope and Senator Nimi Barigha-Amange, and the Northern Youths Movement, among others.
Sulaiman, a former minister for National Planning, told one of our correspondents that it was surprising and unfortunate that Sheriff was holding the PDP to ransom.
He accused Sheriff of being an agent of the All Progressives Congress, planted within the PDP to destabilise and weaken the major opposition party in the country.
Sulaiman said, “It is quite unfortunate that Nigeria is undergoing this kind of political mess. There are a lot of allegations against him, though yet to be proved.
“It is surprising that such a character could be allowed to hold the party to ransom and that the ruling party could allow Sheriff to wield influence (over the judiciary). We had two court rulings in a day. The APC government decided to take the one that favoured Sheriff.”