Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, the former Governor of Borno state, has been elected as the substantive National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to replace Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu.
Sheriff emerged the party’s national chairman after several hours meeting of the party’s NEC held at the PDP National Secretariat, Wadata plaza on Tuesday in Abuja.
In his acceptance speech, Senator Sheriff promised to carry everybody along and make sure that PDP achieves success come 2019 general election.
“I want to assure everybody that the choice you made today, nobody in this hall will regret it. By God grace we will win come 2019.
“PDP is a party that is branded and focused. All we need to do is to work together and lead this party to success and we shall do it.
“I will carry everybody along by God grace. Nobody will be witched hunted, nobody will be left behind in the business of running this party,’’ Sheriff said.
He however called for the support and prayers of party members for his success.
Sheriff said that he would formerly take over from the former acting chairman, Prince Uche Secondus who had returned to his initial deputy national chairman position on Wednesday.
Sheriff took his oath of office and allegiance coordinated by the PDP lawyer, Barr. Emeka Etiaba (SAN) in a short ceremony at the party’s National Secretariat.
Cheif Olisa Metuh, the National Publicity Secretary of PDP had earlier told newsmen that the North-East leaders of the party had earlier submitted five names to the National caucus meeting of the party, from 29 candidates that indicated interest from the zone.
Metuh said that since North-East Zonal leaders were unable to present a single candidate to the national caucus of the party, additional candidates from the zone were invited for screening.
The candidates, whose names are submitted, according to Metuh, include Wilberforce Juta, Saidu Kumo, Alhaji Girgir Lawal and Shehu Gabam and Mohammed Wakil
Others invited for interview he added were; Amb. Wilberforce Juta, Sen. Kumo, Sen. Girgir, Shehu Gabam and Alh Ali Modu Sheriff.