Saturday, 18 February 2017

[NG]Jonathan’s former ministers kick against judgment

Ministers  who  served during the administration of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan have kicked against the Appeal Court judgement that declared Ali Modu Sheriff as the legitimate  chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP ).

The former ministers, under the  aegis of Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP ) Minsters’ Forum at a press conference, yesterday night in Abuja expreseed shock at the judgment.

They asked the party to appeal the judgement and seek redress at the Supreme Court because “it was a split judgement, one made wrongly.”

The former ministers said, even if the appeal fails, a process to usher in  new a new era in the party would begin in ernest.

They however ruled out the formation of a new party should the appeal not favour them.
Speaking on behalf of the group, former minister Kabiru Tanimu, who was flanked by his former colleagues, Prof. Abubakar Suleiman and Femi Fani Kayode, said, the judgement was not made in good faith

He said: “From information at our disposal, we feel the judgment was given wrongly  and that  it was a split judgement. That is what has strengthened our position,” he said.

Tanimu however said the group is determined to install a credible, courageous and patrotic leadership in PDP and as such, will explore all options to realise that objective.

“We urge our party to appeal the judgment but if the appeal fails, there are several ways to kill a rat because this is politics.

“We will however rely on the report of the committee which will lead to wider consultation that will come up with viable options.

“We are not entirely surprised about this judgment because as a party, we are used to this kind of situation but we will get over it, “ he noted.

He added that the former ministers have resolved to  liase with stakeholders within the party, including PDP Governor’s Forum members of the National Assembly  as well as the Caretaker Committee of the party.
According to him, the report of the committee will ensure that the party’s next decision was made from informed position.

He also revealed that the group has concluded that if the outcome of an appeal of the judgement is not favourable, then other options aimed at repositioning the party for future electoral ambitions would be explored.

“It is our determination to restore  a  leadeship that inspires courage,  a selfless, trustworthy  leadership that will actualize the dream of repositioning our party for the challenges ahead.

“It takes a lot to admit to wrong doing , so we are looking for those with credibility not those driven by  hidden agenda,” he added.

The group however call for calm among members and supporters of the party while charting  the way forward out of the crisis.


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