The nation’s chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, has told Professor Jerry Gana to stop touring the country and speaking for the party.
According to him, the Gana-led Strategy Review and Inter-Party Affairs Committee remains illegal since it was constituted by Senator Ahmed Makarfi, whose leadership claim of the party was disbanded by the recent judgment of Appeal Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
Sheriff stated this through the national deputy chairman of the party, Dr. Cairo Ojougbo, who represented him at a news conference in Abuja on Monday.
He said, “Prof. Jerry Gana going round the country on behalf of the PDP is unacceptable to the party. I have the report of Gana here where he recommended that all members of the Sheriff group should be suspended from the party.
“We find it very uncomfortable that a person of Jerry Gana’s standing, if actually he wants to help the party as at this time of crisis, would recommend that a faction or members of the party should be expelled for their political beliefs.
“That is very unbecoming of a man of Gana’s status. So, we take very serious views to his going round as whatever committee he calls himself. The committee was not set up by the party and we are giving notice that forthwith, he should discontinue with it.
’’According to Sheriff, the report of Gana committee, which was submitted to the banned Makarfi-led Caretaker Committee on February 17, 2017, will no longer be useful in the ongoing effort at re-positioning the party.
Gana’s committee was constituted on November 10, 2016, by the Makarfi-led National Caretaker Committee of the PDP, which has been proscribed by a court ruling.
The committee has been going round the country visiting founding and prominent members of PDP like former President Goodluck Jonathan, former Military President, Ibrahim Babangida, former Vice President, Chief Alex Ekwueme, Chief Tony Anenih and Alhaji Bamanga Tukur among others.