Friday 20th October, 2017
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PDP dissolves Sheriff's Committees

PDP dissolves Sheriff's Committees

·    Holds non-elective Convention Aug 12 

After due consul­tations, the Peo­ple’s Democratic Party (PDP), through its 74-member National Ex­ecutive Committee (NEC), has dissolved the commit­tees set up by its sacked chairman, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff.

The party explained why it fixed August 12, 2017 for its non-elective National Convention scheduled to hold in Abuja.

In an interaction with journalists after the PDP’s Board of Trustees (BoT) and NEC meetings, the spokes­man of the National Care­taker Committee, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, said that the leadership of the party dissolved the illegal caretaker committees set up in Jiga­wa and Benue States.

He hinted that the Gov­ernor Seriake Dickson-led Reconciliation Committee had also been dissolved.

The party hierarchy gave the Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led Caretaker Committee the mandate to set up standing disciplinary and reconcilia­tion committees.

Adeyeye said: “It is par­ticularly impossible to have an elective convention before August 16. We cannot meet the conditions for an elective convention. The non-elec­tive convention requires less­er conditions.”

“Therefore, NEC took a decision to convene a non-elective special convention on August 12.”

The PDP spokesman said that the NEC resolved that “all state caretaker commit­tees set up after the Appeal Court judgement onFebru­ary 17 stand dissolved. (But) If you are properly elected, we have no issue with that.”

According to him, Jigawa and Benue States had duly elected state executives, but when local government elec­tions were coming up in the two states, the Sheriff group said that they didn’t recog­nise the executives and re­placed them.

He said: “You will recall that immediately after the Court of Appeal judgement on the 17th of February and March in Port Harcourt, which gave our victory to Ali Modu Sheriff, he set about installing caretaker commit­tees in some states of the fed­eration, particularly in Jigawa and Benue States.”

“The Ali Modu Sheriff group then in authority set up caretaker committees in both Jigawa and Benue States and tinkered with the executives of some other states.”

“So, we brought a mo­tion before NEC today and the motion was duly passed. NEC declared and affirmed the leadership of the party in Jigawa and Benue States that emerged after the April/May 2016 congresses.”

“That is bringing normal­cy back to the party, installing legality and constitutionality”.

Adeyeye said that some of the proposed amendments, which have been circulated to the state chapters, would take care of issues of discipline, en­suring internal democracy in the party and the penchant of the party members not taking advantage of internal conflict resolution mechanism before rushing to the court.

He said: “People know that this party has been rocked by very terrible dis­ciplinary issues, which near­ly brought the party down completely. NEC decided to set up standing Disciplinary and Reconciliation Commit­tees. And the National Care­taker Committee has been directed to establish and in­augurate these committees immediately.”

The NEC meeting, which is the first since the PDP cri­sis broke out on May 21 last year, was preceded by meet­ings of the Expanded Nation­al Caucus and Board of Trus­tees (BoT).

Among party chieftains in attendance at the meet­ings were former President Goodluck Jonathan, Gover­nor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State, Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike, his Tara­ba State counterpart, Dari­us Ishaku, Delta State Gover­nor Ifeanyi Okowa as well as Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State.

Also in attendance were former PDP national chair­men, Vincent Ogbulafor and Ahmadu Ali; former deputy chairman, Uche Secondus; members of the National As­sembly, former governors, ex-ministers among others.

Only on Monday, Jona­than had assured PDP faith­ful that the party had passed its worst moment.

Jonathan, who led oth­er party chieftains to the expanded national caucus meeting of the party in Abu­ja on Monday night, arrived at the venue to a rousing wel­come from members of the party.

He urged PDP leaders to focus on rebuilding the party structures which were almost destroyed during the leader­ship tussle, adding that Nige­rians still want the party.

On his part, the Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu said:

“God gave us the victory because he loves Nigeria. He saw the suffering of the peo­ple and gave us the victory.”

The National Chairman of the PDP Caretaker Com­mittee, Sen. Ahmed Makarfi, thanked the members for their steadfastness and con­fidence in the judiciary.

On behalf of the BoT, Al­haji Aminu Wali, said: “This is a new PDP. By the Grace of God, it is going to have a new beginning.”