Can Sheriff Save PDP?

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The choice of Ali Modu Sheriff as the chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party has its strong points but can the party overcome the negatives?

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 The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, last week ended its leadership tussle when it chose Ali Modu Sheriff, a former governor of Borno State as its substantive chairman. It was not an easy choice as Sheriff emerged from nowhere and upstaged five other aspirants from the northeast who were considered frontrunners.

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Following a federal high court ruling in Abuja on a suit by Ahmed Gulak, a former political adviser to former president Goodluck Jonathan, that only the northeast can produce a replacement for Adamu Mua’zu, who resigned without completing his tenure, the party had requested the northeast caucus to recommend a replacement. However, several attempts by the zone to produce a consensus candidate failed. As a last resort, the zone forwarded five aspirants from five of the six states in the zone for consideration by the National Executive Council, NEC. These were Girigiri Lawal from Yobe State, Wilberforce Juta from Adamawa State, Abbwerea Gana from Borno State, Shehu Gabam from Bauchi State and Senator Kumo from Gombe State. Taraba did not present any aspirant…

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