Failed PDP convention :APC, Buhari Not to blame – Doyin Okupe
- advises party to negotiate with Ali Modu Sheriff
- Ali Modu Sheriff working for Buhari – Fani-Kayode replies Doyink
- Imposing Sheriff the biggest mistake – Fani-Kayode
By Ehi Ekhator
A former senior Special assistant to former President Jonathan on Public affairs, Dr. Doyin Okupe has said that President Muhammadu Buhari cannot be blamed over the Peoples Democratic Party convention that failed to hold in Port Harcourt on Wednesday.
This was contained in a post on his Facebook wall on Wednesday.
According to Okupe, members should look inward to the internal conflict rocking the party instead of blaming the President.
The former SSA advised the party faitfhful to negotiate with the aggrieved Party Chairman, Ali Modu Sheriff who had of recent, given conditions for peace in the party.
His words: “The failed Pdp convention cannot and should not be blamed on our political adversaries. Rather the blame should rest squarely on the failure of internal conflict resolution machinery of the Pdp, the surprising naivety and desperation of many to seize power and control the party,and the gullibility of majority of the followership, who have become entrenched in the cesspool of pervasive impunity of our leadership over the years.
“However it is commendable that the NEC threw sentiments aside and extended the tenure of the controversial caretaker commuter by one year and allowed for future expansion of the membership of the committee.
“The important of this is that the party has now officially jetissoned the “Microwave”strategy, hitherto, employed by the leadership, and allowed for ample time to address all issues. By allowing for new inclusions into the members of the caretaker committee, the leadership obviously has made room for possible reasonable negotiation with the Senator Amodu Sheriff ‘s group, which is inevitable and a political imperative, if the party must remain United.
“Again, this is neither the time for victory songs nor a season for political vendetta. This is time for seeking lasting and honest peace, time to rebuild from current ashes of flames of the inferno, of political opportunism, greed, selfishness and blatant brigandry and impunity.
“There may just be another chance to do it again especially now that our adversaries are burning their political access card.
Responding to the call, a Chieftain of the party, Mr. Femi Fani-Kayode disagreed on the aspect of negotiating with Sheriff, saying that the greatest mistake was to impose the PDP chairman on the party, a development he immediately rejected.
Fani-Kayode said “I beg to differ. If you remember I warned the governors about Shetiff when they imposed him on us.
“The PDP Ministers Forum rejected him as did the PDP Board of Trustees but the governors would not listen.
“Now we have been vindicated because everything that we said would happen has come to pass.
“The imposition of Sheriff by the Governors Forum was the biggest mistake that we have made since conceeding the election to Buhari and frankly, as I wrote at the time, I believe that he bewitched the governors that brought him and indeed those in the party that accepted him and agreed to work with him.
“Now the power of the spell has worne off and their eyes have opened. Sadly though things will get worse because Sheriff is under orders: he is working a script and that script was crafted by those who commissioned him to divide, weaken and kill our party.
“When you open your doors for a snake what do you expect? I am not surprised by all he is doing because he is acting true to type: he is a green snake who has dipped his fangs deeply into our flesh and whose poison is kiling us slowly.
“Truth is that there can never be any compromise with Sheriff. You cannot compromise with the devil or a snake.
“You cannot wine and dine or attempt to cohabit with a creature that the great writer and teacher, Mr. David Icke, describes as a “shape-shifting sociopath and reptilian”.
“There can be no felllowship between light and darkness even in politics. You cannot negotiate with a narcicistic meglomaniac who wants your head to be cut off and served to him on a silver platter.
“Sheriff is working for Buhari to destroy the PDP and he has almost succeeded in his mission.
“The only answer is for us to continue to fight him in the courts and elsewhere and, if push comes to shove, form another party, get our members and supporters to join that party and, as someone suggested on Facebook, leave the bastard with “the carcass of the old PDP”.
“Very few people will stay with him because carcasses tend to stink and because he is the quuntessential plague. After some time even his most diehard supporters will get sick of him and abandon him”.