Former governor of Borno state, Senator Ali Modu Sherrif on Monday said he would not succumb to the widespread calls by some members of the party that he should resign his position while pleading with aggrieved members of the Peoples Democratic Party over his emergence as the national chairman of the party to shield their swords and work with him towards repositioning the party for a greater height.
Sheriff who made the statement after he formally took over as the chairman of the party, promised that he would work with all relevant organs of the party to ensure that the party conduct a credible congress and convention that would be a pride to all Nigerians.
However, he said he would not succumb to the widespread calls by some members of the party that he should resign his position, noting that doing so would not be in the interest of the party, especially members of the National Executive Committee who drafted him to reposition the party.
He was reacting to the call by the PDP Rescue Group which on Sunday afternoon called on him to resign his position as his emergence was not acceptable to the generality of the people.
According to the former governor of Borno state, his focus now is to ensure that the party was firmly put in the hands of the owners—the people at the grassroots, noting that the era of a few people dictating how the party should be run is over.
He acknowledged that the time ahead is testy but promised that he would deploy all resources at his disposal to ensure that all members of the party especially founding fathers, are brought back to the fold to make the party great again.
“The time ahead is certainly not going to be easy. We are aware of the high expectations from Nigerians for us to give the part a new focus. Our party is a party that has an avalanche of qualified people who can proffer solution to our problems. We accepted to serve not because we are the best, but because we have been identified to be capable of doing the task ahead.
“I will carry everybody along. I have come to form a partnership with party men and women. The wrangling that is going on is normal but we will overcome. I will contact everybody that matters in the party because we have the same goal which is rebuilding the party to its enviable height” he said.