Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, has declared that former Acting National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, had to be relieved of the position because his leadership was destabilising the party.
Wike, who was talking to newsmen after the national convention in Port Harcourt, noted that all along, the crisis in the PDP had been about the emergence of Sheriff as the acting leader of the party.
The governor, while pointing out that the party was more important than any individual, stated that Sheriff’s emergence as the PDP acting national chairman was strongly opposed by leaders of the party.
He said, “All along, the crisis has been about the former acting chairman whose emergence was strongly opposed.
“This is destabilising the party and so, we had to let him go. What is important is the party and not the individual. No sacrifice is too much for anyone to make as far as PDP is concerned.”
He said that PDP would continue to grow from strength to strength as it remained the only hope for the country.
He said, “We will not allow the PDP to die or suffer division under our watch. History will never forgive us if we watch the party die.”
The governor said the party leaders would work towards maintaining unity among all members.