Sheriff accuses Wike of sponsoring PDP forum as Jonathan aide dismisses claim as idiotic
By Bayo Adeagbo
Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, the court-recognised national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Thursday alleged that Rivers Governor Nyesom Wike gave former President Goodluck Jonathan N50 million to organise the recent stakeholders meeting in Abuja. Sheriff who spoke through his deputy, Dr. Cairo Ojougboh at a news conference in Abuja, said Governor Wike and Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti state recruited Jonathan into a fake peace effort pre-determined to scuttle on-going peace initiative in the party.
He said: “The result is that President Jonathan was lured into committing a serious breach of protocol that led to the failure of the exercise which was the intended outcome.”
However responding to this claim, the media aide to the former President Mr. Ikechukwu Eze dismissed it as idiotic and quite unbecoming of a person who claims to be the deputy chairman of the party. In a short statement issued last night Eze said:
“It is unfortunate that a man who carries himself as the deputy national chairman of the PDP does not show any discretion or circumspection in the kind of things he says or publishes about leaders of the party. A true party man who is genuinely interested in the progress of the party will not submit himself to despicable conjectures and barefaced lies, in order to score cheap political points.
“It is simply idiotic for anybody to aver that a personality like former president Jonathan could be swayed or recruited by a governor to do his bidding for the price of N50 million.
“If only he knew the effort the former President put into convincing the Rivers State Governor Nyeson Wike to personally attend the meeting. The Governor eventually honoured the invitation as a mark of respect for the former President, but had to leave the venue of the meeting early to be able to meet up with another very pressing engagement.”
Eze had earlier told reporters over the telephone that there was no truth in the claim. He said: “I don’t think anybody will believe that Jonathan collected money from anybody to organise the meeting. It was out of his genuine concern to bring peace to the party.
“He has been meeting with members of the party; he met with Sheriff severally, he also met with Makarfi severally. He met with the governors.
“I don’t see any reason for anybody to say that Jonathan collected money from anybody to organise the stakeholders conference.”
Also reacting to the allegation, Governor Fayose said Sheriff has taking his desperation too far by accusing the former president of taking bribe. Fayose, in an SMS message by his media aide, Lere Olayinka said: “If Sheriff has taken his desperation to serve his paymasters in the APC to the level of accusing Jonathan of being bribed to organise peace meeting for the PDP, there is no reason for any sane mind to continue to respond to the continuous advertisement of his political insanity.”