Dr. Cairo Ojougboh is the Deputy Nationwide Chairman of the Senator Modu Sheriff-led faction of the Peoples Democratic Birthday celebration, PDP. Till the disaster that enveloped the occasion, he was once the Nationwide Vice-Chairman, South-South of the occasion and ahead of then, a member of the Space of Representatives. Dr. Ojougboh, a one time shut confidant of Leader Tony Anenih, on this interview with newsmen in Lagos, offers his views at the disaster within the occasion and the way it may be resolved. Excerpts:
How is your occasion?
Our occasion could be very robust. The NWC arrange a committee on mobilization and technique, and the went spherical all of the nation, and once they submitted that file, they mentioned the occasion could be very robust on the grassroots; that the occasion is definitely represented in each and every ward within the 774 native governments on this nation and that the individuals are desirous of PDP hanging its space so as in order that they may be able to strategise and get able for election as briefly as imaginable. That’s the state of the occasion.
How did your Nationwide Operating Committee come about?
The Nationwide Operating Committee remains to be in position as a result of its tenure will expire someday in 2017.
What’s going to you assert in regards to the impact that Sheriff is a mole in PDP and that he’s simply there to purpose confusion and be sure that the APC comes again in 2019?
I’ve replied this query over 50 occasions throughout the remaining one month. The solution could be very easy – Sheriff was once sitting in his space when Governor Fayose and Governor Wike went to ask him to change into the chairman of the occasion.
Governor Fayose and Governor Wike gave him 3 months to be in place of business. On the finish of 3 months, they went to Sheriff, they mentioned, Chairman, you have got repositioned the occasion; have a look at the selection of ‘Agbada’ within the PDP Wadata Plaza, you’re the handiest one that can lead this occasion to the Promise Land; we, subsequently, need you to proceed.
Governors Wike and Fayose, they arrange a practice committee, they usually made Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom the chairman of the zoning committee. The zoning committee in its knowledge went to Sheriff and mentioned, ‘sir, we’re going to zone the chairmanship of the occasion to you, so we’re zoning it to North East and to Borno particularly.
The North East met, they mentioned glance, Sheriff, we now have counseled you to proceed as chairman of the occasion on the zonal congress.
So, do you imply the entire of the North East, all of the governors, the entire of the PDP other folks, they all, are operating for APC? That’s the query. There have been six governors within the zoning committee of the PDP. The six governors counseled Sheriff and counseled the zoning mission. So that you imply it’s the APC?
It’s not President Muhammadu Buhari and APC that sourced and zoned the PDP chairmanship to Sheriff. The approaching of Sheriff is a blessing to multi-party democracy no longer simply the PDP but additionally to Nigeria,as a result of lately we now know that folks can ask questions and we’re more than happy with the teeming grassroots.
You’ll be able to see the folk with the unlawful Caretaker Committee; they’re individuals who like cash, who will need to pass and accumulate cash from the folk. However if you happen to love PDP, you like multi-party democracy, you like one guy, one vote, you might be with Sheriff.
How do you are feeling that almost all state executives of the occasion pledge allegiance to Ahmed Markafi and to not your government?
Have you ever ever heard any state governor pop out to mention he isn’t with Ali Modu Sheriff?
Sure. A few of them have mentioned so…
Which governor are you able to now level at this is with you?
I will be able to no longer as a result of the political nature of this argument. I don’t need to name any one however pass and meet any governor, ask him to head and condemn Sheriff. Sheriff’s daughter wedded a couple of days in the past; did you spot what came about in Borno? And let me inform you, all political majors in the entire of the North East and the rustic had been there. There was once a dinner organised for the reception, remaining Sunday, in Abuja. Virtually all of the governors had been there and let me inform you what’s going on within the PDP – if Sheriff and the NWC didn’t get the backing of majority of the stakeholders, we might have mentioned glance, we aren’t sought after, we can pass. However each and every member, each and every stakeholder within the PDP, is looking ahead to Sheriff to win within the Court docket of Attraction.
Glance, to begin with, numerous individuals are intimidated. They believe that such a governors can kill them as a result of if you happen to concentrate to that tape, you’ll be able to see the level of intimidation.
We do hope that that recording isn’t proper. Whether it is proper, then the occasion goes to take very severe attention of the tape after which do what’s considered necessary of the occasion. No one is above the legislation, and for this reason the occasion is superb.
And I need to say this for the umpteenth time; there’s no person, most of the people on this nation, 90 consistent with cent of the populace, of individuals of the PDP on this nation, are with Sheriff. They know that what Makarfi had performed is illegitimate. If truth be told, any proper considering Nigerian is aware of that that Caretaker Committee is illegitimate and that politics has modified. In the event you start to parade names and lift them, we don’t trouble you. What we parade is the hundreds that we have got returned the facility to.
Dividends of democracy
Prior to now, no member on this nation can rise up and talk, however lately we now have given freedom to everyone. So, you’ll be able to see they all, from state to state, they all are speaking from time to time, they’re now associating with the PDP.
With out it, if you happen to have a look at the social media, you spot everyone supporting PDP. Pass and take a look at and notice for your self and why are they supporting PDP as a result of they know there’s hope for the next day to come. The Nationwide Operating Committee and Sheriff is the hope of the next day to come. The governors, who needs them? A large number of them, it’s unlucky the way in which they have got behaved, however that’s what we stay telling them.
After we elect you as a occasion and make you a governor, return in your state, face the call for of governance. Give the dividends of democracy in your other folks in order that subsequent time, the occasion can win election and let the occasion run itself, and that’s our place.
The fortunes of PDP stay dwindling particularly with the hot lack of Ondo State. Do you suppose your occasion will leap again?
In fact, some classes had been realized in Ondo and Edo states particularly in Ondo. In Ondo, it was once transparent that the hundreds, the folk despatched a message to the PDP in Ondo that by no means once more will any governor undertake a candidate and no longer permit for a loose contest.
Quantity two lesson, by no means once more will anyone come from some other occasion and then you definately give him all of the construction of PDP; it must no longer occur once more as a result of once Mimiko returned to the occasion, each and every member of the PDP left they usually left with Oke.
Oke secured 125,000 votes within the remaining election, PDP secured 155,000 votes, APC scored 250,000. The votes given to Oke are all PDP votes. If Oke didn’t depart and Mimiko was once ready to control his coming again into PDP as a sportsman, we received’t be the place we’re. So, that’s the lesson realized there. And once more, issues need to worsen for it to get well.
Does Sheriff have presidential ambition?
It’s not that i am in his thoughts; he hasn’t ever mentioned that with me, and it’s his proper to have presidential ambition if he so needs.
However for this reason we also are setting up the constitutional modification that no chairman of the occasion can undertake any one. So if has, he’s already checkmated. So he can not undertake himself, and the NWC won’t undertake him; no occasion organs will undertake him. That’s the essence of those amendments within the charter. So that isn’t an issue in any respect.
So do you suppose the PDP has the possible to upstage the APC in 2019 and perhaps if it is advisable additionally assess the prevailing management beneath Buhari?
APC, as I’ve all the time mentioned, isn’t a occasion but. There is just one occasion in Nigeria, and that’s PDP as a result of if you happen to had been to position APC in a basket, you’ll be able to very simply select CPC, select ACN, select the APGA faction and select the PDP within the basket.
However PDP nonetheless stays one; that’s what it’s a must to see. So fortuitously, till APC can change into homogenous, till they can change into a occasion, it isn’t anticipated that they are going to give severe problem to the PDP. The errors that made PDP lose the election are being corrected separately.