PDP Chairman: Okupe disappointed in choice of Sheriff

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By; Jacob Onjewu Dickson

Former presidential spokesman to ex President Goodluck Jonathan, Chief Doyin Okupe has expressed disappointment with the choice of Senator Ali Modu Sheriff by the caucus.

 

In a statement issued this morning, he said that inspite of the choice, he remains a PDP member and will be with the party until the very last minute.

 

He described the choice made as a grave error, while acknowledging that Sherif’s wealth may be of benefit towards funding the party.

 

The statement reads; “The capability of our party, the PDP and its leadership to make grave errors of judgment is legendary. What is intriguing is that even out of power that tendency seems unabating.
“Alhaji Ali Sheriff is a longstanding political associate of mine and a very adroit and astute politician of perhaps a sublime class. But for the post of the National chairman of the PDP, he is a wrong candidate and also coming in at a wrong time.
“According to many of his proponents, his strong point is that being a man of great financial resources he will be favourably disposed to funding the activities of the party easily. But the antagonists believe that he is bringing along with his wealth a crushing weight of burden capable of fatally destroying the few strands of moral fibers on which rejuvenation will depend on.
“For a morose and severely prostrate political party, thanks to the overwhelming and effective propaganda machinery of the (opposition) party in power, this may yet be the mortal wound that may cause the eventual hemorrhage of its long perplexed followership.
“The present crop of leadership of the PDP has not fared well. Impunity, presumptive reasoning, highly stratified and restrictive consultative processes, absolute lack of inclusiveness, mercantilism, group conceit with a resultant total disconnect with the main stake holders and the followership are some of the florid signs and symptoms of the terminal disease that is killing this erstwhile great party.
“Some of us have vowed not to leave the party. We still will not leave the party. Better still in spite of the present situation of things we will continue to engage all who care to listen and deepen consultation across the country seeking help from everyone ready to help to revive this severely challenged sickened giant.
“But if it is the divine will of God that our present masters must kill PDP, then by the Grace of God we shall yet tarry at the graveside to bid it farewell.”

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