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Barr. Chris Okewulonu, a former secretary to the Imo state government (SGI), has described the embattled factional chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ali Modu Sheriff as a pretender.
According to him, Sheriff was bent on bringing the party to its knees, Leadership reports.
Okewulonu was reacting to leadership crisis rocking the party and the ruling of a Federal High Court in Port Harcourt.
Speaking in Owerri, the Imo state capital, the former SGI said Sheriff’s desperation to remain chairman was a bad omen to the party.
He insinuated that Sheriff was a non-card carrying member of the PDP, saying a critical check on his membership will prove that he was not even registered in his ward and therefore may not even have a PDP membership card.
Okewulonu said: “The ward is where membership of a party is anchored. I bet you, Sheriff’s name is not in PDP’s membership register in his ward because he suddenly jumped into PDP from APC. He is acting as if he is harbouring an age long bitterness against PDP and the opportunity has now provided itself for him to strike.”
The former SGI wondered what Sheriff stands to lose if he does not become the national chairman of the PDP.’
He noted that the “issue of Sheriff has been blown out of proportion by the media thereby, portraying our party as being in crisis.”
Okewulonu stated that the PDP is greater than any of its members and is still intact, Sheriff or no Sheriff.
He therefore cautioned party members to be humble enough to subject themselves to party constitution.
For months, Sheriff and the leadership of the opposition PDP have been at loggerheads following his removal as the national chairman of the party and the inauguration of a caretaker committee headed by Ahmed Makarfi to lead its activities.