How Wike & Fayose caused Sheriff walk-out on former President Jonathan
More facts have emerged on why the Chairman of the crisis-ridden Peoples Democratic Party, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff stormed out of former President Goodluck Jonathan’s peace meeting on Thursday .
The meeting expected to be only means of settling the dispute in the party hit the rock when Sheriff demanded that the former president should call some members to order for addressing him as an ordinary member of the party .
The governors included : Nyesom Wike (Rivers) and Ayo Fayose (Ekiti), with some National Assembly caucus, who had allegedly failed to recognize him as the party chairman .
But a little delay in addressing the issue by the convener of the meeting saw Sheriff storm out of the room, followed by nhis supporter as they exchanged hot words with those who remained in the meeting .
Cairo Ojougboh, Sheriff’s deputy insisted that whatever resolution at the peace meeting without the involvement of the court-recognised chairman is an effort in futility.
But despite the failure of President Jonathan to achieve meaningful progress, he announced the setting up of a committee to be chaired by either him, former Vice President Namadi Sambo or former President of the Senate, David Mark, to find a lasting solution to the crisis in the party.
Jonathan called on the contending forces in the PDP to “ make personal and general sacrifices to ensure the quick resolution of the problems in our party.” According to him, “there is no doubt that the PDP is a leading light in constitutional democracy and this is why we cannot allow the party to continue to drift. This meeting of today is, therefore, designed to stem the drift.”
The meeting also had in attendance Governor Dairus Ishaku of Taraba State and the Deputy President of the Senate, former governors, senators, members of the National Assembly as well as former national chairmen of the party.
There was an indication earlier that all was not well at the beginning of the meeting when it was noticed that while Senator Makarfi had a seat at the high table where former President Jonathan and other dignitaries were seated, there was no seat for Senator Sheriff until former governor of Akwa Ibom State, Godswill Apkabio, vacated his seat to allow Sheriff to sit on the left hand of President Jonathan while Makarfi occupied the seat at Jonathan’s right.
Still Wike told the press that Sheriff must vacate the office for peace to reign in the party.
Political pundits say with the hard line position of both sides, President Jonathan, Senators Sheriff, David Mark, Ike Ekweremadu, Godswill Akpabio, Makarfi and governors Wike and Fayose retired to an ante room at the Yar’Adua Centre, venue of the meeting to hammer out a compromise.
However, the meeting ended in a deadlock paving the way for yet another attempt at resolving the issues at stake.