The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governors, the Board of Trustee (BoT), National Executive Committee, National Assembly Caucus and the National Working Committee (NWC) yesterday took a major decision to end the leadership crisis rocking the party.
To this end, the major organs of the party have decided to back the new National Chairman, Ali Modu Sheriff but gave him three months to conduct national convention, where new leaders would emerge.
This is even as the PDP former ministers yesterday rejected him as the National Chairman of the party due to the illegitimacy of the process that purportedly brought him in.
The decision of the organs of the party followed the meeting involving the governors, National Assembly Caucus, NWC and BoT, which held in Abuja on Tuesday.
Addressing newsmen, Ondo State governor, Olusegun Mimiko, who doubles as chairman of the PDP governors, said that the crisis in the party has been put to rest.
“As you can see, we are just from a meeting. You are all aware of some controversy generated recently because of recent developments in our party. I am happy to let you know that all the major organs in the party: the Governors Forum, National Working Committee, National Assembly Caucus and the Board of Trustees have agreed to stand by our National Chairman to ensure that our party moves forward.
“We have put behind us all the controversies in the press in recent times. I want to assure you that we are together as a party.
“We have also mandated the National Chairman and the National Working Committee to put in motion immediately the processes of ensuring that within three months, a National Convention of our party is called. And we will brief all our members nationwide within the next two weeks of the timetable in that direction. In the next two weeks, the timetable will be out, all culminating in our National Convention within three months,” he said.
Mimiko further declared that decisions reached at their meeting was binding on the former ministers forum, stressing that every past minister is a product of the state caucus of the party and by implication a part of the national caucus, who were part of the decision reached over the emergence of Sheriff.
Reacting to the absence of former ministers forum at their meeting, Mimiko, said “all I can tell you is that every past minister is a product of the state caucus of the party. They emanate from the state. The caucus of the party is all designed that every state is represented by the chairman of the party.”