'Why I supported Ali Modu Sheriff's removal,' Governor explains

Fayose, who was a staunch supporter of Sheriff's Chairmanship, said he had no option than to choose the party's interest over individual's.

Ekiti state Governor, Ayodele Fayose.

The PDP at its National Convention held in Port Harcout, Rivers State on Saturday, May 21, had dissolved Senator Sheriff-led National Working Committee (NWC) and appointed Senator Ahmed Makarfi as replacement.

According to the party, Sheriff's leadership is the cause of the disintegration within the party, as too many forces were against him.

“We cannot sacrifice the party for any individual,” Fayose said.

The Governor urged Sheriff to accept the new development in good faith as it would help the party achieve electoral victory in 2019.

Fayose said:  “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.

“To me, the general interest of the party overrides that of any individual and there is no how I can stand in support of any plan to sacrifice the party for any individual.

“Anyone whose ambition threatens the collective interest of the party should be removed to save the party and that’s exactly what we have done.

“I therefore urge Senator Ali Modu Sheriff to accept the dissolution of the NWC and appointment of the Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led Caretaker Committee in good faith and cooperate with other well-meaning members of the party to reposition it so as to achieve the much needed electoral victory in 2019.

“To Sheriff and other well-meaning members of the party, what should be important is the party and not the individual and no sacrifice should be too much for anyone to make for the party at this time.”

The Governor stated this in a statement issued in Ado-Ekiti on Monday, May 23, by his spokesman, Lere Olayinka.

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