- Buruji Kashamu has accused Goodluck Jonathan of disrespecting Ali Modu Sheriff during a meeting reportedly summoned to resolve the lingering crisis in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)
- Ali Modu Sheriff was said to be angry that he was not allowed to declare the event opened, though he arrived late for the meeting
- Kashamu says the former president “disregarded” the court of appeal judgement which upheld Ali Modu Sheriff as the authentic chairman of PDP
Buruji Kashamu, senator representing Ogun east has accused Goodluck Jonathan, former president of Nigeria, of disrespecting Ali Modu Sheriff, 'the authentic chairman' of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
According to him, the former president “disregarded” the court of appeal judgement which upheld Ali Modu Sheriff as the authentic chairman of PDP.
NAIJ.com learnt that Kashamu in an interview on Sunday said that Sheriff did not disrespect Jonathan by walking out of the stakeholders meeting that held on Thursday.
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According to him, Sheriff was only angry that he was not regarded as chairman of the party.
“I am honestly shocked and surprised that the former president could preside over a meeting where the judgment of the court of appeal was being disregarded as irrelevant,” he said.
“This cannot be the face of a party that is desirous of seeking a break with the past. Going by the accounts of what I have heard happened at the meeting, I think it was a needless gathering that has reopened healing wounds and further exacerbated the crisis. How could you gather over 400 people for a reconciliation meeting and expect any meaningful deliberations?
“I say this because any PDP meeting that fails to recognise what our laws and the courts have said about the leadership crisis is on a wrong footing and premise, and it will breed more chaos and confusion such as we have seen.
“Senator Ali Modu Sheriff is the national chairman of the PDP as of today based on the court of appeal judgment and everybody is bound to abide by that whether we like it or not. You cannot call a shareholders or board of directors meeting and say the chairman of the board cannot participate or preside over the meeting.
“Would the governors have allowed it if they got to the meeting and they were not so recognised? Or were they not addressed as governors even when their elections were being challenged in court? Worse still, some persons said Sheriff must not be recognised as such even when an appellate court has established that he is the national chairman of the party.”
However, Ali Modu Sheriff has said that governors of Ekiti and Rivers states Ayo Fayose of Ekiti and Nyesom Wike can leave the opposition party.
Sheriff said both men and other governors who are not happy with his leadership can show themselves out of the party.
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