A former Borno State Governor, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff support base in the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP continue to widen as 8 governors elected on the platform of the party have pledged their loyalty and support, News Punch has learned
Adeyanju made the disclosure as the Makarfi-led faction of PDP weighs its options over last Friday’s judgement of the Appeal Court, affirming the leadership of Sheriff.
Alhaji Fatai Adeyanju, the National Auditor of the PDP, yesterday disclosed this at a meeting of Ogun State PDP General Assembly held in Ijebu-Igbo. Adeyanju said members of the party must close ranks to move it forward in the interest of Nigerians. He said the party is greater than any individual, adding that no sacrifice was too much for anybody in order to make the PDP work. this while urging members to sheathe their swords and embrace the court ruling.
The national officer, who belongs to the Sheriff faction, stated that in realisation of the need to strengthen and reposition the PDP, eight governors in the party have already opened negotiations with the former Borno State Governor.
Adeyanju dismissed the statements credited to the Chairman of PDP Governors’ Forum and Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose, that the Makarfi group would challenge latest judgement at the Supreme Court.
He said: “For anybody to approach Supreme Court is his fundamental right. But within us, I have reached out to even the other members of the National Working Committee in the other group and we have been talking. So, we would come together and advise our leaders.
“You see, personal ambition can push anybody to anything, but the party is greater than everybody and we are working towards that to make sure that no sacrifice is too much in order to make PDP work. PDP is a very big family, it’s a large party and nobody is bigger than the party.
“Whatever the stance of the (PDP) Governors’ Forum, it was not taken at a meeting. It was an opinion (of somebody) and it doesn’t mean.
Out of the 12 PDP governors, about eight of them are already talking with us. So what are we talking about? But they are an organ of our party that we cannot wish away.”
He pointed out that Sheriff would be magnanimous in victory, adding that the appeal court judgment was a “no victor, no vanquished” verdict.