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Former aviation minister, Femi Fani-Kayode

The former aviation minister, Femi Fani-Kayode on Monday, May 23, said the sack of Ali Modu Sherrif, the acting national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was a relief.

In a statement, he said although some of the people against Sherrif were maligned by some party members , his sack has has justified their stand on the matter.
He also said it had become clear to everyone that letting Sherrif into that position was a mistake from the beginning.

“We knew that he railroaded himself into the chairmanship of the PDP under false pretences and bogus claims, three months into his ill-fated tenure, it has become clear to everyone that SAS was a mistake the party should not have made in the first place.

“Now that he is gone, it is expected that the caretaker committee of patriots and dedicated party leaders put in charge to run the affairs of the party for the next 90 days would do well to embark on the urgent reconciliation of members with the purpose of making PDP that usual united and formidable party it has always been.

“I have no doubt in my mind whatsoever that the caretaker committee as led by its chairman, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, former governor of Kaduna State, who has also been my long time friend and political associate, will create the needed atmosphere of trust and comradeship among party members going into the next convention.

“Let me appeal to all aggrieved party faithful to sheathe their sword at this time and come together as one people under one umbrella. Now that the sore point has been removed, we must not miss this opportunity to forge a united front for the sake of Nigeria,” the statement read in parts.

However, speaking exclusively to NAIJ.com, Jude Ndukwe, his personal assistant said that the statement was not written based on any directive from anyone.
He said Fani-Kayode expressed his opinion about Sherrif which has always been his stand on the matter from the beginning.

“That statement was nothing but commending the action of the national convention. Having the boldness and resolutement as he said in the statement to sack Sherrif.

“He has always been the sore point and now that he is gone, i think every other aggrieved member of the party can now find a reason to come together for the purpose of the consignment in moving the party forward,” he said.
Ali Modu Sheriff, the acting national chairman of PDP was sacked and the party has named a seven-man caretaker committee to manage the affairs of the party.

The committee will be headed by former two-time governor of Kaduna state, Senator Ahmed Makarfi with Senator Ben Obi as secretary.

The other members of the committee include; Senator Odion Ugbesia, Senator Abdul Ningi, Barr. Kevin Usman, Prince Dayo Adeyeye and Mrs. Aisha Aliyu.

Meanwhile Fani-Kayode was officially invited by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to explain his role in the $115 million bribe election bribe reportedly dispensed by the immediate past minister of petroleum, Diezani Alison-Madueke.

EFCC rated Fani-Kayode as “the chief beneficiary” of the disbursement of the slush funds as he allegedly received N840million, paid in three tranches into his Zenith Bank, Maitama branch account with No.1004735721.

The former minister has been under EFCC’s custody since Monday, May 9 and was transferred to Lagos on Tuesday, May 19 for further investigations.
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