Give Sheriff a chance

Ali Modu Sheriff

Sir: I want to start by saying that I am neither an advocate of Ali Modu Sheriff nor Ahmed Mekarfi, or working for any interest. In my few years of taking interest in Nigerian politics, I’ve discovered that the country’s political style is different from any other style of politics practised anywhere in the world, especially countries we tend to emulate.

It’s even worrisome that Nigerians choose to follow and pledge allegiance to football clubs like Arsenal, the clubs that have brought them nothing but pity and heartbreak for more than a decade, than a political party that brought them to the limelight, gives them all the necessary tools to succeed in life.

My interest in politics began when the late Olusegun Agagu was elected as the Governor of Ondo State. Apart from the fact that Agagu came from the same constituency as I, he was a man whose legacies will live longer than his successor’s, Olusegun Mimiko.

Agagu’s leadership style was undoubtedly the best in the southwest. He worked, built and charted a new path for the state. It was leadership crisis in the party that made Agagu lost the battle to Mimiko.

While some chieftains of the party have come out to tell Nigerians the genealogy of the problem rocking the party, only a few have offered solution. For instance, a former Senior Special Assistant to then President Goodluck Jonathan on Public Affairs, Doyin Okupe, attributed the current crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party to “error” which started from the administration of former President Olusegun Obasanjo and which was further aggravated by Jonathan’s administration. While Okupe may be right on his account, he cannot exonerate himself from the problem in the party.

It is time the Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led caretaker committee recognised Ali Modu Sheriff as the authentic chairman of the party and thrust him with the task of organising a national convention that will make the party great again.

Both aggrieved camps must agree to sheathe the sword and give peace a chance, to build a stronger party. Eniola

Daniel, Lagos

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