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Despite widespread criticism over his emergence as Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Adamant Ali Modu Sheriff on Monday, said he would not succumb to the widespread calls by some members of the party that he should resign his position.

The former governor of Borno state rather pleaded with aggrieved members of the party to shield their swords and work with him towards repositioning the party for a greater height.

Shortly after he formally took over as the chairman of the party, Sheriff promised that he would work with all relevant organs of the party to ensure that the party conduct a credible congress and convention that would be a pride to all Nigerians.

According to him, his focus now is to ensure that the party was firmly put in the hands of the owners—the people at the grassroots, noting that the era of a few people dictating how the party should be run is over.

He acknowledged that the time ahead is testy but promised that he would deploy all resources at his disposal to ensure that all members of the party especially founding fathers, are brought back to the fold to make the party great again.

“The time ahead is certainly not going to be easy. We are aware of the high expectations from Nigerians for us to give the part a new focus. Our party is a party that has an avalanche of qualified people who can proffer solution to our problems. We accepted to serve not because we are the best, but because we have been identified to be capable of doing the task ahead.

“I will carry everybody along. I have come to form a partnership with party men and women. The wrangling that is going on is normal but we will overcome. I will contact everybody that matters in the party because we have the same goal which is rebuilding the party to its enviable height” he said.

Meanwhile, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC has said the new Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Ali Modu Sheriff, is still under investigation for alleged corruption.

Sheriff was arrested by the commission in June last year for alleged embezzlement of public funds during his eight years as governor of Borno State but was granted bail.