Some governors elected on the platform of the PDP are reviewing their opposition to the planned national convention of the party by the authentic chairman of the party, Ali Modu Sheriff.
Some of them are seeing that they will be taking a big risk if they fail to be part of the convention as long as the Court of Appeal’s verdict recognizing Sheriff as chairman has not been reversed.
A new leadership is to be elected at the planned convention.
Some of the governors are of the opinion that they should join Sheriff in organizing the convention, since the former Governor of Borno remains the one recognised by law as the party leader.
But others, according to The Nation, are opposed to the Governors’ Forum having anything to do with the planned convention, preferring instead to wait for the outcome of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan peace initiative. The opposing governors are said to be angry with Sheriff for walking out on party leaders at the last peace parley in Abuja.
A party source said: "They claim that he (Sheriff) insulted the entire party and the former president with his action on that day and with his subsequent statements in the media and elsewhere. They also feel that for him to announce that he is going on with the convention with or without the other faction is a breach of all agreements earlier reached.
“Also, some of those opposed to Sheriff are still optimistic that the Supreme Court will upturn his judicial victory soon. And when that happens, he will lose all legitimacy to hold a convention for the party. They are impatiently waiting for the Court to make a pronouncement that will finally halt Sheriff and his camp in their bid to foist a new leadership on the party.”
The Nation learnt that the disagreement among the governors over the planned convention is aptly responsible for the inability of the forum to meet lately.
It is feared that calling a meeting of the forum at this time will not be in the best interest of those who are opposed to Sheriff as they may lose out.
Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa who headed the peace and reconciliation committee believes that the convention, as planned, remains the solution to the crisis within the party.