Many PDP members were against Sheriff’s appointment due to his alleged connection to Boko Haram but their concerns were dismissed by Fayose and other members.
“His [Sheriff’s] emergence at this time is the best thing in the present circumstance and those aggrieved should sheath their sword and deploy their time and resources into fighting the All Progressives Congress (APC) instead of their own party,” Fayose said on February 22, via a statement released by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka.
“I therefore call on all my admirers and believers in my dogged fight for the revival of our party to support our new chairman, whom I believe has the required capacity to reposition the party,” the governor added.
Sheriff later thanked Fayose for his support and revealed that it was the governor who made him chairman of the PDP.
“I never planned to be the PDP Chairman but God used people like Fayose and other Nigerians to make me the chairman (of the party),” Sheriff said on March 17.
“I was sleeping in my room when Fayose called me from Port Harcourt and said I was going to be the new National Chairman. For me, it was a miracle,” he added.
Unfortunately for Sheriff, the miracle became a nightmare when Fayose said that he would not support his presidential bid, hinting that all was no longer well between the two.
“I will not support Ali Modu Sheriff for President in 2019,” Fayose said on Monday, May 9, 2016, during his monthly media chat.
Twelve days later, on May 21, Sheriff was voted out of office at the party’s convention in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
“I supported Senator Ali Modu Sheriff in good conscience. But when it became obvious that his continuous stay in office as the National Chairman will jeopardise the collective interest of the party, I had no option than to support his removal,” Fayose said after Sheriff was booted out.
The former PDP Chairman didn’t take kindly to Fayose’s comments and he suddenly remembered that the governor has no respect for others.
“I am eminently qualified to seek for the presidency of Nigeria, but I have never told anybody I want to be President, but even if I want to be I cannot offer such a sensitive position to a character like Ayo Fayose, who has exhibited gross disrespect for others,” Sheriff said in reference to Fayose’s desire to be a Vice Presidential candidate.
The drama between the two is slightly amusing, but it also shows that the PDP is yet to repair its fabric of loyalty which was ripped apart in 2014.
Sheriff was supposedly chosen as chairman because of his wealth, but it appears that the PDP has found other sources of finance and as such doesn’t need him anymore.
This is a lesson for Sheriff, and from now on he must realize that in politics, there are no permanent enemies or permanent friends, there are only permanent interests.
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