Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has explained why the party on Saturday, during its convention, removed Ali Modu Sheriff as national chairman.
In an interview on Saturday night after the 2016 National Convention in Port Harcourt, Governor Wike, who was the chairman of the convention planning committee explained that Sheriff’s leadership was destabilising the party.
Wike, according to a statement issued by his media aide, Simeon Nwakaudu, said:
“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”
Wike said he had no personal interest in supporting Mr. Sheriff as he was the best option at the time he emerged.
He said PDP would continue to grow “from strength to strength” as it remains the only hope for the country.
Governor Wike said:
“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 that the party leaders would work towards maintaining unity amongst all members of the party.
He said despite the challenges, the 2016 National Convention was successful as the party has been repositioned in the interest of the nation.