All the brouhaha in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is all about its presidential ticket for 2019, a key figure in the unfolding drama and self-styled National Chairman, Ali Modu Sheriff, has said.
Sheriff himself has been linked with wanting the same ticket.
He told a television station monitored in Abuja that Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, and his own former deputy, Uche Secondus, were conspiring to give the ticket to an All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain.
Said Sheriff: “Wike and Secondus are working to give the party ticket in 2019 to a man in APC, a man that is not even bold enough to leave the APC and join us. He was in the PDP before. He was a founding father of the PDP.
“I don’t have to mention him. Secondus himself told me that he and Wike always meet this man to strategise plans on 2019. I told him that it is wrong. If the man is bold enough, let him come and join us now.
“They accused me of working for the APC. How? I have never played games like that. I had formed a party and was the BOT Chairman. I was a presidential candidate, three time senator, Minority Leader. Makarfi worked for the APC in 2015, Ben Obi was Atiku’s Vice Presidential Candidate, and Secondus and Wike are meeting an APC man regularly on how the party will be sold to him.
“Wike is full of arrogance and impunity. He is too small to pocket PDP. I will not allow him. There are people who can carry the flag within the party. PDP will not be sold.”