Stella Oduah, Andy Uba Remain Elected – Supreme Court

The Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed a motion filed by the Independent National Electoral Commission seeking clarification on its January 29, 2016 judgment, which many claimed had sacked federal legislators from Anambra State, including senators Andy Uba and Stella Oduah.

A five-man panel of the apex court, led by Justice Sylvester Ngwuta, held that the court lacked jurisdiction to entertain the motion

Justice Nyang Okoro, who read the lead ruling of the court, held that there was no ambiguity in the apex court’s judgment and could not be accommodated under Order 8, Rule 16 of the Supreme Court rules.

But despite declining jurisdiction to clarify the judgment, Justice Okoro went on to highlight what the apex court decided and did not decide in the said verdict.

Justice Okoro, who had delivered the judgment, which was being sought to be interpreted, ruled, for instance, that the apex court did not resolve the question relating to the legitimacy or otherwise of the list of candidates submitted to INEC for the 2015 National Assembly election by the various factions of the Peoples Democratic Party in Anambra State.

He ruled, “The motion is not seeking correction of any clerical mistake or some error arising from any accidental slip or omission. May I say, generally too, that this court has the power to correct its own clerical errors or slip of the pen. Such power is exercisable in both civil and criminal proceedings.

“It must be clearly stated that it is not every slip or error in a judgment that would be allowed to undermine or derogate from an otherwise well-written judgment. I have seen the application by the applicant (INEC) and the issues thrown up for determination.

“I am of the view that this court has no jurisdiction to determine and pronounce upon them as it will have the effect of rewriting the judgment and in the process, making orders, which ought not to have been made in the first place. The judgment of this court is final by virtue of Section 235 of the Constitution.

“From the issue before us, nothing has been shown, which is not clear in the judgment. It is wrong for anyone to import into the judgment, issues which were not ventilated and decided upon.”

Justice Okoro explained that, although the panel upheld the earlier judgment of the Federal High Court, Port Harcourt, to the effect that the Ejike Oguebego-led executive committee of the Anambra chapter of the PDP was the authentic body to run the party’s affairs, it did give the EXCO the power to submit a list of candidates to INEC.

Justice John Okoro stated that the Supreme Court neither ordered INEC to accept the list of candidates for the National Assembly election from the Oguebego-led EXCO nor did it direct INEC to conduct fresh elections to the National Assembly in the state.

He added, “For instance, the applicant is seeking clarifications whether to issue certificate of return to persons in the list of Ejike Oguebego-led executive committee. This was not part of our judgment.

“Also, INEC is seeking whether to do a fresh election to the National Assembly, as it affects Anambra State. This, again, was not part of the judgment. These are matters that have been properly ventilated at the election tribunal and the Court of Appeal. I am not aware that any of those matters are on appeal in this court.

“It is untrue that parties do not understand the import of our judgment. Where in the judgment did we state that the Oguebego-led committee should take over the functions of the National Executive Committee of the PDP so that it can submit a list to INEC? I think counsel are not fair to this court when they say they do not understand the judgment of this court, which was written in simple English language.”

The court dismissed the motion filed and argued by INEC’s lawyer, Chief Adegboyega Awomoolo (SAN) and upheld the objection by lawyer to the Oguebego-led EXCO, Chris Uche (SAN), who had urged the court to decline jurisdiction.

The Punch

PDP Deputy National Chairman In EFCC Net

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Wednesday detained the Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus, for allegedly receiving 23 choice vehicles from a business associate of ex-Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke.

He was also grilled for about eight hours on the curious gifts.

Secondus’s detention has created panic in PDP because some leaders of the party allegedly benefitted from the vehicles’ allocation.

PDP Forum Of Ministers Reject Ali-Modu Sheriff as Party Chair

Members of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, who served as ministers between 1999 and 2015, have rejected the appointment of former Borno State governor, Modu Sheriff, as the chairman of the party.

The ministers made their position known in a communique issued at the end of their meeting in Abuja on Tuesday.

The communique was signed by a former Minister of Special Duties, Tanimu Turaki.

All the organs of the PDP except the Board of Trustees, BoT, had last week approved the appointment of the former Borno governor.The BoT later accepted Mr. Sheriff after a meeting with the PDP governors’ forum on Tuesday.

The forum of ministers however insisted that it “rejects Alhaji Ali Modu Sheriff as National Chairman of the PDP due to the illegitimacy of the process that purportedly brought him in”.

The former ministers said the PDP must conduct congresses at all levels of the party, leading to a National convention that should be held before March 28 “to return power to the people in tandem with the constitution of our Party and as encapsulated in our party’s motto: ‘Power to the People’”.

“The forum condemns all acts of impunity in the running of the affairs of the party, at all levels and implores all members to respect the constitution of the party and that of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” the communique said.

EFCC Traces Fresh N300m Arms Funds To Embattled Ex-PDP BOT Chair

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Monday filed before a Federal High Court in Abuja a fresh evidence of N300m allegedly received by a former Chairman, Board of Trustee of the Peoples Democratic Party, Haliru Bello, from the Office of the National Security Adviser, on February 27, 2015.

The EFCC had on January 5, 2015 arraigned Bello, his son, Abba, and a firm, BAM Project and Properties Limited (owned by Abba), on four counts of money laundering involving a separate sum of N300m security funds which they allegedly received from ONSA last March.

An operative of the EFCC, Rouqayyat Ibrahim, who opened her testimony as the first prosecution witness on February 16, 2016, said on Tuesday that investigation had further revealed that Bello received N300m from ONSA in two tranches of N150m each.

The two N150m transactions, which were said to have been carried out on the same day of February 27, 2015, were not captured in the four counts against the accused persons.

It was learnt that the EFCC had taken the decision to amend the pending charges and that the defendants would only be made to take a fresh plea after which the case would continue from where it was stopped.

Ibrahim, who was led in evidence by the EFCC’s lead prosecuting counsel, Mr. Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), testified on Monday that the sum of N300m was transferred to BAM Project and Properties Limited from the account of Jabbamer Ada Global Services Limited on the instructions of the then Minister of State for Finance, Bashir Yuguda.

According to the witness, before the discovery of the N300m payment, Jabbamer was already being investigated for about N1.5bn it had received from ONSA.

Ibrahim said, “The analysis of the statement of account of BAM Project with Sterling Bank revealed that the account received a total of N300m in two tranches of N150m each on February 27, 2015.

“On that day (February 27, 2015), transfers of N150m and another N150m were made into the account of BAM Projects with Sterling Bank.

“Before then, we were already investigating Jabbamer Ada Global Services Limited in a different matter.

“We discovered that Jabbamer Ada Global Services Limited was a bureau de change firm and that the company received payments of a little over N1.5bn from ONSA. The company also received payments from the Nigerian Air Force and the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation and several other sources.

“We interviewed the owner of the company and account and he stated that all the deposits I mentioned earlier (into Jabbamer Ada Global Services Limited) were made on the instructions of the former Minister of State for Finance, Bashir Yuguda, and that the disbursement of the funds were on his (Bashir Yuguda’s) instructions, including the transfer of N300m which he made to BAM.”

“He (Yuguda) is currently standing trial in court in respect of the same matter. Effectively, the complaint against the defendants is with respect to N600m. They (the defendants) said they used it for the 2015 election of the PDP.”

The trial judge, Justice Ahmed Mohammed, on Monday, admitted as exhibits the account of the ONSA with the Central Bank of Nigeria and other documents.

The case was adjourned till March 3 for the cross-examination of the witness by the defence lawyers – Mr. Solomon Umoh (SAN) for Abba; Mr. Ogala Osoka for BAM Projects and Properties Limited and Chief Kanu Agabi (SAN), for Bello.

Ibrahim had, on February 16 while opening her evidence, given details of how Bello, his son, and BAM Project and Properties allegedly shared the initial N300m security funds for election campaign activities of the PDP.

The prosecutor alleged that instead of using the money to provide “safe houses” – the purpose for which it was released to them by ONSA- the accused persons used the money to foot personal bills and shared the money to some corporate bodies for the campaign activities of the PDP.

Ibrahim testified that the N300m was part of the N30bn released to the ONSA’s account with the Central Bank of Nigeria on March 11, 2015.

The witness said the N300m was transferred into BAM Project and Properties Limited’s account on March 17, 2015, six days after ONSA received the sum of N30bn in its account with the CBN.

She said, “One of the discoveries we made after receiving documents from the ONSA was a letter written by the Ministry of Finance to the CBN requesting for N100bn on March 2, 2015 for several expenditures. But specifically, N30bn of that N100bn was for the ONSA for security issues.

“Then on March 3, 2015, the Accountant-General of the Federation wrote to the Ministry of Finance in respect of N30bn for ONSA and another N31bn for another matter entirely.

“On March 6, 2015, the Accountant-General of the Federation wrote to the CBN authorising the release of the N30bn which was paid into ONSA account in the CBN on March 11, 2015.

“Then on March 17, 2015, N300m from the money paid into ONSA account, was paid into the bank account of Bam Project and Properties Limited (the second defendant) with Sterling Bank.

“The narration on the mandate for the payment, was payment for ‘safe houses’.”

The operative, who is also an analyst in the Accounting and Forensic Unit of the EFCC, said she was a member of the task force set up by the commission to investigate arms contracts and alleged financial misappropriation in the Office of the National Security Adviser.

Ibrahim, whose testimony was cut short by an adjournment of the case, detailed how the N300m paid into the account of BAM Project and Properties Limited from ONSA, and other sums of money paid into the company’s account from other sources were disbursed.

The Punch

Boko Haram Sponsor Ali Modu Sheriff, Wants To Hijack PDP For Presidential Ambition – Fani Kayode

The spokesman for the Goodluck Jonathan campaign team in the last general election Fani-Kayode has alleged that  Ali Modu Sheriff’s major plan is to hijack the party for his presidential ambition in 2019. Speaking during a programme on Channels Television on Sunday night, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, a top member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) also used some questionable adjectives to describe Sherrif that the new PDP national chairman is the “most controversial, intellectually-challenged, morally-depraved and despicable character.”

The PDP chieftain revealed that the new chairman was allegedly appointed because “he has plenty of money to spend on the party and no less than ‘5 private jets’ to lend out to those who need a free plane ride.
The former minister also said Ali Modu Sheriff has close ties with Boko Haram and cannot lead the party as he is linked to Boko Haram. He said that Sheriff is “intrinsically linked with Boko Haram in terms of his person, he is intrinsically linked with Boko Haram. At the inception, he was one of those that created the Boko Haram and terrorized our nation.”

He  insisted that his comments were beyond mere allegations, and said unequivocally that  “a man that is so badly stained and who has such antecedents cannot be a leader of a serious political party.

FFK as he fondly called by some of his admirers  added that  “this  is somebody I have known for many years since we were both in the NRC in the early 90s. I must tell you that if he wants to convince the world that he has nothing to do with Boko Haram, let him explain his relationship with Mohammed Yusuf, the man who started Boko Haram and who was murdered in mysterious circumstance by the police. Let him tell us who he was using as his local thug whilst he was two-time Governor of Borno State. Let him tell us that it was not Mohammed Yusuf that was leading the thugs and that he was not funding them.

“Let him tell us who asked Yar’Adua to send the soldiers and kill as many people as possible of the Boko Haram group simply because he was tired of them and he was fed up with giving them money” he challenged  the PDP chairman. Fani- Kayode  believes that it would be better if the newly-appointed leader of the party steps down from his present post because it would do them a lot of good.

And he also made it known that Ali Modu Sheriff, who is  the newly-appointed chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has been asked to step down by some party hierarchies as he said further  that  “there has been so much rancour and division created by the fact that he has emerged. Not just about his personality and his antecedent but also the process by which he emerged. It has caused a lot of trouble. Had it not been for the efforts of former President Jonathan and the chairman of the Governor’s forum, Governor Mimiko, the rift could have been far wider and many people should have left the party in droves in the last couple of days”.

And the  former ministers also  threatened to dump PDP if  appropriate measures are not taken to address the issues as he noted that  “Concrete measures are being taken, positions have been taken, discussions are on and the Forum of Governors for instance and every single minister that has been a PDP minister from 1999 to 2015 will meet on Tuesday in Abuja to take position on the matter.
“A group of people came together and decided that he should be the one that will complete the tenure of the former PDP chairman. It is fair enough but they have to consult the people and stakeholders before they come to this conclusion. They took the decision and they went to the PDP Board of Trustees and told them this is a decision that they have taken” he explained.

The way the PDP works is that before any serious decision is taken about anything, the PDP Board of Trustees is consulted and carried along and usually, they agree and they ratify. “On this occasion, when the name of Sheriff was put to the PDP Board of Trustees, they rejected it outright. “There is a court order stating clearly that they deputy national chairman, Mr Secondus, is not in power and has been barred from presiding over any national council meeting” the PDP chieftain said further.


Boko Haram Sponsor, Ali Modu Sheriff Is Substantive, Not Acting National Chairman Of PDP

The leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has stated that alleged Boko Haram sponsor, Senator Ali Modu-Sheriff is substantive and not acting National Chairman of the PDP as being erroneously rendered by a section of the media.

Modu Sheriff

In a statement signed by embattled National Publicity Secretary of the Party, Olisa Metuh, the PDP said Sheriff’s appointment by the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party in its 68th meeting last Tuesday, to replace Dr. Ahmadu Adamu Mu’azu, who resigned as National Chairman, is in line with section 47(6) of the PDP Constitution, which empowers NEC to fill a vacant position with a person from the zone where the officer originated from.

PDP BoT Gives Jonathan March Deadline To Reject Sheriff

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leaders are still quarelling over the choice of Senator Ali Modu Sheriff as Acting National Chairman.

Some former ministers and members of the Board of Trustees (BoT) have raised a committee to meet with ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, who is to be told —reject Sheriff or face a mass exodus. The deadline is March.

Sheriff barged into a BoT session yesterday but members only promised to get back to him on his plea for acceptance.

The BoT resolved not to endorse Sheriff. It may advertise the job, a source hinted.

But the  anti-Sheriff forces in the party and some members of the National Working Committee(NWC) are pushing for the tenure of the acting chairman to end in March.

Sheriff succeeded Adamu Mu’azu whose tenure ought to end in March.

The team will tell Dr. Jonathan of the “grave implications”of picking Sheriff to lead the PDP.

The former ministers and BoT members  pledged not to attend any meeting with Sheriff or his representatives.

A source said: “We have asked a team to meet Jonathan and draw his attention to the grave implications of having Sheriff as PDP national chairman.

“We believe the ex-President was ill-informed.We want Jonathan to withdraw his backing so that Sheriff can step aside in March.

“ We have weighed all options and the only midstream approach now is to prevail on Sheriff to complete Muazu’s tenure and quit in March.

“So Jonathan has to choose between the larger interest of the party and Sheriff.”

An ex-Minister said: “Well, at our session, some of us made it known that we cannot even wait till the end of March to determine our stay in PDP. Once Sheriff is in charge, we will abandon PDP for another party.

“The truth is dawning even on some of the governors and NWC members that Sheriff’s selection was unpopular among Nigerians. We now have deficit in the opposition politics we are playing because we have to seek equity with clean hands. This is why he should step down in March.”

A party source said Sheriff is thinking of completing his tenure  in 2018 – when PDP would have been in good stead to confront the All Progressives. Congress (APC) at the polls in 2019.

The source said: “Pro-Sheriff governors and leaders want him to stay till 2018 in line with the “secret agreement” which led to his selection as the new PDP chairman.

“They said they will not allow any subtle plot to force Sheriff to step down in March. This is the situation we are now. No doubt, there is tension in the party. We are sharply divided.”

Despite the opposition against Sheriff, two former Ministers( Bala Mohammed and Ibrahim Shekarau) have visited to congratulate him.

“At our meeting, some members expressed reservations on these ex-ministers’ visit to Sheriff,” another source said.

Sheriff continued his peace drive yesterday when he stormed a session of the BOT.

He pleaded with BOT members to give him a chance and vowed that “PDP will bounce back”.

A BOT member said: “Sheriff came to our meeting, unaccompanied by the NWC members. He virtually begged us to give him a chance to lead the party.

“We listened to him but we were unanimous that he is not the one needed to lead PDP. He wanted our endorsement but we hold him that we will get back to him.

“We did not make any commitment to Sheriff. At our meeting, we resolved not to accept his candidature.”

The Nation

Compel PDP Members To Return Stolen Cash, APC Tells Ali Modu Sheriff

The All Progressives Congress (APC) yesterday asked the Acting National Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ali Modu Sheriff, to first compel members of his party to return the money they allegedly stole before thinking of reclaiming power at the federal level in 2019.

APC National Secretary Mai Mala Buni said in a statement  in Abuja that Nigerians are aware that the present economic hardship and institutional rot were caused by the PDP’s 16-year misrule and pillage.

He said it was baffling how the PDP expected Nigerians to abandon APC’s smooth-sailing ship for a sinking and rudderless PDP ship, come 2019.

Buni added that the priority of the APC administration was to deliver on promises made by the party to Nigerians who long-desired change of political leadership at the federal level and in many states.

The statement reads: “The APC, in reacting to the laughable comments credited to the newly-selected PDP National Chairman, is mindful of the 16th century English Language proverb and nursery rhyme ‘If wishes were horses, beggars would ride’.

“In monitored media reports, Ali Modu Sheriff boasted in Umuahia, the Abia State capital, that the ailing PDP, which lost power in 2015, will regain control of the Federal Government in 2019. Ali Modu Sheriff was also quoted saying the PDP would soon come out with its ‘master plan’ to regain power.

“The APC is reluctant to join issues with Ali Modu Sheriff’s idle 2019 postulations and would rather join issues that will bring about all-inclusive development in the country.

“However, the APC and indeed Nigerians seriously hope the touted ‘master plan’ includes how the PDP and its cronies will return public funds stolen under the PDP’s watch for 16 years.

“Nigerians are aware that the current economic hardship and institutional rot was caused by the PDP’s 16-year misrule and pillage. President Muhammadu Buhari has been working assiduously to correct the PDP’s years of damage and bring about people-centric governance.”

Buni added: “It is baffling how the PDP expects Nigerians to abandon APC’s smooth sailing ship for a sinking and rudderless PDP ship, come 2019.

“The 2015 election has been won and lost. The priority of the present APC administration is to deliver on election promises made by the party to Nigerians who long-desired change of political leadership at the federal level and in many states.

“The widely-acclaimed job creation, social welfare and inclusion programmes proposed by the Buhari administration have been well-received. The full implementation of the Treasury Single Account (TSA) by the present administration has greatly plugged revenue leakages.

“The presidential directive to the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) to adjust its pricing template to reflect competitive and market driven components has resulted in a more efficient and realistic pricing system for petroleum products and also brought about constant availability of fuel nationwide.

The Nation

Ali Modu Sheriff: PDP May Lose 70 Federal Lawmakers

The ripples being generated by the emergence of  a former governor of Borno State as national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) appear not to be simmering down, as the groundswell of opposition to his emergence further coalesced on Wednesday.

Senators of the party from the South-East and South-South zone had resolved not to go with his choice immediately it emerged that a vital organ of the party was rooting for him and had threatened to pull out of the party if he emerged the national chairman.

Sources close to the National Assembly said on Wednesday that no fewer than 20 senators could leave the party if Sheriff continued to hold forth as national chairman.

It was also gathered that no fewer than 50 members of the House had also commenced talks on the way forward.

It was gathered that of the 32 PDP senators from the South-East and South-South geopolitical zones, no fewer than 20 had indicated their decision to leave the party.

Their destination could be the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) or the Labour Party.

No fewer than 50 members of the House of Representatives across the geopolitical zones were also said to have indicated interest in defecting to another party from the PDP.

“The Tsunami that will hit the PDP as a result of this decision will be unimaginable. We have some 20 senators already looking to the door right now. The number of members of the House is around 50. Let’s see how the party can survive that,” a source close to the party said.

The PDP currently has 47 of the 109 senators and 141 of 360 members of the House of Representatives.

Sources told the Nigerian Tribune that the decision to field Sheriff as national chairman came from the party’s governors who were able to pull through their decision, forcing it on the national caucus, the National Executive Committee (NEC)  and overriding the Board of Trustees (BoT).

It was gathered that the plot to name Sheriff was kick-started on February 14, during the inauguration of the Bayelsa State governor, Mr Seriake Dickson for a second term in office.

Sources said a number of governors who attended the event kicked off the discussion about Sheriff and reached out to their colleagues across the country.

It was confirmed that after firming up their decision to back Sheriff, the governors ensured that the Abuja meetings of the BoT, national caucus and NEC were unable to upturn the decision.

It was leant that the six zonal chairmen of the party, the state chairmen and other stakeholders, including the National Assembly, voted against the choice of Sheriff, but the governors put their feet down.

A source said former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chief Ojo Madueke, actually walked out of the NEC when it became obvious that Sheriff was being imposed on the party.

But the governors were said to have kicked off peace moves from Tuesday night, with the aim of calming frayed nerves and ensuring a united party.

It was learnt that Sheriff was asked to attend the thanksgiving for Abia State governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, held on Wednesday.

Sheriff attended the thanksgiving service as his first official assignment during which he went round to shake hands with many of the party’s stalwarts at the event.

Speaking at the rally on Wednesday, the national chairman vowed to lead the party to regain control of the Federal Government in 2019.

Sheriff said nothing would stop his party, which lost power in 2015, from ousting the current All Progressives Congress (APC)-led administration in the country.

He said the PDP would soon come out with its master plan on how it would defeat the APC from power, adding that “we are here today, we are starting from here and we are going to Aso Rock, Insha Allah by 2019.

“We will head from here and we will do it together. This my long cap is prepared to lead my colleagues and brothers to Aso Rock, Insha Allah.

“By the grace of Allah, nothing will deter this party from going to Aso Rock in 2019. By the time we put down our master-plan, I am sure they (APC) will go back to where they came from. Insha Allah, nothing will stop us,” he said.

Sheriff, who arrived the event late, regretted missing the speech presented by Governor Ikpeazu, but expressed confidence that he spoke well.

He noted that from the crowd he saw at the stadium where the event held, it was clear that the governor was popularly elected.

Earlier in his remark, the deputy national chairman of PDP, Uche Secondus, had congratulated the governor on his victory at the Supreme Court, adding that it was clear that the governor came to power by popular mandate.



Ali Modu Sheriff Will Act As A Counterforce To APC – PDP Governors’ Forum

The governors’ forum of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has expressed confidence in the ability of Ali Modu Sheriff, the new chairman of the party, to reposition the PDP, saying he was chosen because of the “battle ahead”.

The governors, who said Sheriff will act as a “counterforce” to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), urged him to avoid all diversionary tactics. They said the new chairman will use his vast network to rebuild the the PDP and woo new party faithful.

“Sheriff is coming on the job with immense wealth of experience and will no doubt use his vast network to rebuild the party,” Osaro Onaiwu, coordinator of the forum, said in a statement issued on Wednesday.

“He will restore members’ confidence and act as a counterforce to the many antics of the present APC regime.

“We urge you to shun all diversionary tactics that might be thrown at you and concentrate on how to bring all aggrieved party members together; as well as fashion out ways to woo new members especially the youths.

“The forum is solidly behind you and will deploy its support to ensure that the shared vision for our party is realised as we prepare for 2019.”

The governors said the situation in the country was an opportunity for Sheriff to show that the PDP remained the only truly national party that could reunite the country.

PDP Settles For Alleged Boko Haram Sponsor, Ali Modu Sheriff As Chairman

The Punch Newspaper has reported that the national caucus of the Peoples Democratic Party may have settled for alleged Boko haram sponsor, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff as the next chairman of the party.

The former governor of Borno State and a former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, were drafted into the race by the members of the party’s National Caucus in Abuja at their meeting which ended in the early hours of Tuesday in Abuja.

The meeting was held at Ondo Governor’s Lodge, Asokoro.

It was attended by governors of the party and others.

Again, members of the National Caucus met on Tuesday afternoon at the party’s national secretariat, Abuja..

Members of the Board of Trustees of the party are currently meeting to discuss to either reject or accept the former governor as the party’s chairman.

Punch correspondent gathered that at the end of the BoT meeting, members of the  National Executive would meet.

The former governor was said to have been chosen because of his experience.

“He (Sheriff) has money. He is fearless and he has the capacity to galvanise the north for the PDP”, a member of the PDP National Working Committee told our correspondent.