Zoning: Group advises Sheriff on compromise with PDP camps


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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Reform Group has urged the party’s National Chairman, Sen. Ali Modu Sheriff, to reach out to aggrieved groups within the party over zoning formula.

This is contained in a statement signed by Mr Ariyo-Dare Atoye, the Co-Convener of the PDP Reform Group on Sunday in Abuja.

The group also urged Sheriff to make whatever sacrifice that was necessary to salvage the party in the interest of all.

It said that PDP should not be destroyed, adding that posterity will be kind to Sheriff if he put the party back on track.

The statement said that the group was “deeply saddened over two avoidable painful developments’’ that had thrown PDP into a serious dilemma and an intractable crisis.

“We are saddened by the infamous decision of some persons in the South-West to betray the zone and throw away the national chairmanship slot.

“We are also not happy for the inability of the Deputy President of the Senate, Sen. Ike Ekweremadu, to stand firm on his committee’s adopted report.

“We wish to remind those who sold away the political right of the South-West on the chairmanship slot that what goes around comes around.”

The group said that they had expected party leaders, including Ekweremadu, to resist every attempt to jettison his report.

“We cannot wholeheartedly blame Sen. Ali Modu Sheriff for accepting to serve and refusing to quit at this moment because he was approached to lead the party,’’ the statement said. (NAN)

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