How Fayose, Wike, Others carried out last minute coup against Modu Sheriff

By Amako Nneji May 22, 2016 10:10

How Fayose, Wike, Others carried out last minute coup against Modu Sheriff

A powerful plot by some governors elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, triggered the masterminded ‘coup’ that led to the removal of the National Chairman of the party, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, on Saturday, May 21.

Recall, that the PDP National Convention at the Shark Stadium in Port Harcourt in Rivers State, ended in a disarray.

It was gathered that top officials of the party who took part in the game of intrigues that led to the ouster of the former party chairman, said Sheriff did not realize the level of conspiracy against him till it was too late.

The officials who spoke to Sunday Punch, on condition of anonymity, said the coalition that worked against Sheriff also included, senior party members, led by Professor Jerry Gana.

These party members, the officials added, were the ones who persuaded the governors to send last-minute text messages to their delegates to reject Sheriff on the convention ground.

One of the text messages read, “Reject Sheriff at the convention by passing a vote of no confidence in him and voting ‘NO’ on his ballot paper”.

It was learnt that the text message leaked to Sheriff, who hurriedly left his hotel room and headed to Government House, Port Harcourt.

Sheriff, who had scheduled a press briefing for the early morning of Saturday, was said to have rushed to the Government House, where he met the governors.

One of the governors, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Sheriff confronted the governors, some senators and members of the Board of Trustees at the meeting, but failed to sway them.

“The crisis started when Sheriff refused to abide by the terms of an agreement that he should spend just three months in office and he started maneuvering to remain in office.

“We spoke to our colleagues that we should take a position and ask him to leave, they said no.

Even when the party was fictionalised, they remained adamant.” the governor said.

He added, that two of Sheriff’s main backers and sponsors, Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State and ‎Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State, abandoned him when they saw the level of opposition to their choice.

The governor added, “Wike and Fayose went to beg the Gana faction that they should support Sheriff, they returned with nothing. The members of the Gana faction said, ‘over their dead bodies.’

“We then agreed that we (anti-Sheriff governors) would play along and act decisively at the eleventh hour. That’s what we did today (Saturday), by sending text messages to our delegates to pass a vote of no confidence in him at the convention ground.

“Unfortunately, the message leaked and that was why he rushed to meet us at the Government House. We asked him to go and resign in order to save the party, but he refused.‎

“When he knew that the game was up, he stormed out of the meeting and rushed down to his hotel to address you people (journalists).

He knew that there was no way he would survive the gathering storm. We needed to save our party from disintegration and total collapse. That’s what happened.”

At the hurriedly-held press briefing, Sheriff said he was calling off the convention, due to series of court injunctions against it, and those asking the party not to elect officers into some national offices, including that of the national chairman.

He said, “This is to inform our supporters nationwide and all the delegates to the National Convention in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, that the national convention has been suspended.

“This is due to the numerous court cases and the directives from the Independent National Electoral Commission, not to supervise elections into some offices.