Rivers Governor Nyesom Wike says the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, removed its former acting chairman, Ali Modu Sheriff, because he was ‘destabilising’ their party.
“All along, the crisis has been about the former acting chairman whose emergence was strongly opposed.
“This is destabilising the party and so we had to let him go. What is important is the party and not the individual. No sacrifice is too much for anyone to make as far as PDP is concerned.
“We will not allow the PDP to die or suffer divisions under our watch. History will never forgive us if we watch the party die,” the governor said. Sheriff, a former Borno state governor, was removed at the party’s congress last Saturday at the Sharks Stadium, Port Harcourt, in Rivers state. Sheriff reacted by declaring the convention closed, citing court orders restraining the party from conducting it in the first instance. He was initially backed by the Ekiti Governor Ayodele Fayose and Governor Wike, who is chairman of the 2016 Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, National Convention Planning Committee.