Aggrieved former ministers, who served under PDP-led Federal Government, have said the forthcoming national convention of the party may turn out to be used as a burial day for the former ruling party.
They said that unless the controversial National Chairman of the party, Sen. Ali Modu Sheriff retraced his steps from contesting at the convention, the coffin of the party would be nailed at the event.
The convention, slated for May 21 in Port Harcourt, is to be used to elect national officers of PDP.
At the last meeting of the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC), the offices were shared among the six geo-political zones.
However, of all the offices, party members are miffed that the office of the national chairman was zoned to the North-East where Sheriff hails from.
Sheriff, a former governor of Borno, is the formidable candidate for the position from the North-East.
Apart from the anger that the office was primarily zoned to Sheriff who is a new entrant to the party, majority of the members of the party are also complaining that the same North-East has produced the last two national chairmen of the party.
These former chairmen are Bamanga Tukur and a former Governor of Bauchi State, Adamu Mu’azu.
The former ministers said that Sheriff must drop his ambition or he would be the last national chairman to lead a united PDP.
Spokesperson for the ex-ministers, who is a former Minister of National Planning, Dr. Abubakar Sulaiman, said this while speaking with two journalists in Abuja on Saturday.
He argued that any attempt by Sheriff to consolidate his position at the convention would spell doom for PDP, adding that most stakeholders would dump the PDP and “allow it to continue to swim in impunity”