Senator Ali Modu Sheriff yesterday met with former national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dr Bamanga Tukur, in Abuja.
Sheriff was accompanied by his deputy, Dr Cairo Ojuogboh, spokesman of his faction, Bernard Mikko, on his visit to the Abuja residence of the former PDP chairman.
Speaking with newsmen after the meeting, Tukur who reiterated that he has retired from partisan politics, described Sheriff as his son, adding that he is open to giving advice to everybody.
He, however, stated that the crisis rocking the PDP won’t consume it, stressing that the philosophy behind the formation of the party ensures power belongs to the people.
Tukur said “my son here has come to salute me. I am an elder statesman, I am for everybody, I am not partisan. I said so when I reached 80 years. I am waiting for him to come and see me and he is in the party which I belong and one of which I formed, so it is good. When people ask for advice I give them, that is my job,” On whether he is scared of the crisis rocking PDP, he replied “Scared how? PDP will be forever be, because if they follow the philosophy that established PDP, what do you say, power to the people, will it change?
“If democracy is about the people, however you look at it. so it can still change, it is the approach.”
On his perception to the emergence of a mega party, Tukur said “It is democracy, people can say what they like but what they get is different.”
In his comments Sheriff said “Baba is my father. Himself and my father were best of friends, I saw them together whether there is party or no party. As someone who is brought up by a parent and culture, whenever we have problem we go for advice from our parents.
“Baba is my father and I came to greet him, look at his health and also seek for advice and tell him my thinking and that is personal, we have discussed and it is not for the media consumption,” Sherrif said.