The Ali Modu Sheriff-led Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Monday declared that they will not head to the Supreme Court, if the pending cases over the leadership crisis rocking the party at the Appeal Court goes against them.
This comes as the PDP Staff Welfare Forum, shunned a meeting he fixed with them in Abuja.
Sheriff’s deputy national chairman, Dr. Cairo Ojougboh, who was to presided over a meeting Welfare staff, however said the meeting had to be converted to a press briefing on a state of affairs in the party.
Sheriff had called for a meeting with workers of PDP yesterday by 10am following their protest for the immediate reopening of the party’s national secretariat as well as the speedy judgment by the Appeal Court over the leadership dispute. But the staff, in an outright rejection, fixed their own meeting at the Makarfi’s temporary secretariat.
But while fielding questions from journalists on the state of the court cases, Ojougboh who described the case pending at the appeal court as the mother of all cases in the leadership dispute, added “We agreed with stakeholders that whatever the outcome of the appeal nobody should appeal against it. For us we will accept it everybody should accept it. After the court judgement, all of us will sit again to discuss. It is obvious that the Portharcourt judgement will be the deciding factor. Anybody who will go ahead after the judgement it is up to him. We are in discussion with organs of the party whatever the outcome nobody will not go to the Supreme Court.
“We are discussing with organs of the party whatever the decision of the appeal court we will manage it as it is and move on. If we loose at the appeal court will not go to Supreme Court.”
On whether there was a written agreement considering that previous reconciliation moves had collapsed he said “I am a grandfather I don’t have any reason to lie. When I tell you that that is the situation we will corporate and make it happen.”
He described the expected Court judgment as the “only precursor to peace”, but added “We don’t recognize the Sen Ahmed Makarfi-led caretaker committee.”
He noted that the expected landmark judgement will alter Nigeria’s politics, stressing that era where people sack party chairmen is over.
He added that “If not for crisis in PDP, by now the APC chairman would have gone. But because they know they can no longer you with the chairman of the party. To that extent we have returned the party to the people.
“The people are with us. All the governors are with us but for three or four governors. We must rescue the party from the oppressors.”
On the recent redeployment of High Court Judges hearing the case, he said the “Court is for justice. It is not for individuals. If it is for justice then it (redeployment) is a welcomed development.”
On the absence of PDP Staff Forum from the meeting, he said “We will fix another day to meet with the staff. A lot of them have not come back yet.
“Moreover, some of them told us that only one or two of them took the decision not to attend this meeting.”
Denying that they were wooing the staff to their side, he said “We didn’t even want to speak with them before. But we said they are like our kids and it’s like a father and son relationship, let us hear them out.”
But when reminded that staff had assembled some minutes earlier at Makarfi’s secretariat, as a sign that they were shunning their meeting Ojougboh insisted that “Most of them are on holidays how many cars did you see on the streets of Abuja in the last few days.”
But rising from their meeting, the Staff Welfare Forum, on Monday said they decided not to meet with Sheriff because he has refused to condemn the misdemeanors of the APC led government as well as refused to call for the immediate opening of the party’s national secretariat.
According to the secretary of the Staff Welfare Forum, Dan Ochubaiye, said “At the end of the meeting of staff, the matter of senator Sheriff to staff welfare forum was discussed elaborately and staff made the following request before any meeting with the group.
“That sen Sheriff should join the call for the reopening of the national secretariat; and that Sen. Sheriff should show concern about the PDP and speak against the numerous APC misdemeanors.”