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PDP national chairman: Why Sheriff is a wrong candidate – Doyin Okupe

– Doyin Okupe reacted to the announcement of Senator Ali Modu Sheriff as the new PDP chairman

– According to Olupe, Sheriff is a wrong candidate who is coming in at a wrong time

– He listed signs and symptoms of “the terminal disease” that is killing the PDP

Doyin Okupe

According to Doyin Okupe, Sheriff is a very adroit and astute politician.

Mixed reactions continue to trail the emergence of Senator Ali Modu Sheriff as the national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

On Thursday, February 18, Doyin Okupe, a former senior special assistant on public affairs to the ex-president Goodluck Jonathan, took to his Facebook to express his regret at Sheriff’s choice.

Describing the ex-governor of Borno state as a very adroit and astute politician, Okupe noted that Sheriff was a wrong candidate who was coming in at a wrong time.

“The capability of our party, the PDP and its leadership to make grave errors of judgement is legendary. What is intriguing is that even out of power that tendency seems unabating.

“Alhadji Ali Sheriff is a longstanding political associate of mine and a very adroit and astute politician of perhaps a sublime class.

“But for the post of the national chairman of the PDP, he is a wrong candidate and also coming in at a wrong time.

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“According to many of his proponents, his strong point is that being a man of great financial resources he will be favourably disposed to funding the activities of the party easily. But the antagonists believe that he is bringing along with his wealth a crushing weight of burden capable of fatally destroying the few strands of moral fibers on which a rejuvenation will depend on.

“For a morosed and severely prostrate political party, thanks to the overwhelming and effective propaganda machinery of the (opposition) party in power, this may yet be the mortal wound that may cause the eventual heamorrage of its long perplexed followership.

“The present crop of leadership of the PDP have not faired well. Impunity, presumptive reasoning, highly stratified and restrictive consultative processes, absolute lack of inclusiveness, mercantilism, group conceit with a resultant total disconnect with the main stake holders and the followership are some of the florrid signs and symptoms of the terminal disease that is killing this erstwhile great party,” he wrote.

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Recalling that some PDP members vowed not to leave the party, Okupe expressed his assurance that they would not leave it.

“Better still in spite of the present situation of things we will continue to engage all who care to listen and deepen consultation across the country seeking help from everyone ready to help to revive this severely challenged sickened giant.

“But if it is the divine will of God that our present masters must kill PDP, then by the Grace of God we shall yet tarry at the graveside to bid it farewell,” he added.

Meanwhile, Olufemi Fani-Kayode, the former aviation minister, has recently stated that the opposition party needs serious prayers. 

The party’s presidential spokesman during the 2015 election was apparently reacting to the announcement of former Borno state governor as the new PDP chairman.

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