After major meetings, PDP opts for non-elective convention

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will hold a non-elective special Convention on August 12, 2017 to extend the tenure of the National Caretaker Committee.

He said considering the relevant "statutory notice that we need to give to the INEC and the requirements of the PDP Constitution 2012 (as amended)" it would be hard to meet deadline.

The spokesperson of the party, Adedayo Adeyeye, disclosed to journalists at the end of the meeting that the National Convention can no longer hold on August 16 as previously scheduled, because of certain provisions the party needs to meet.

Mr Dayo Adeyeye, the National Publicity Secretary of PDP National Caretaker Committee, announced the decision after the NEC meeting held on Tuesday in Abuja. "So practically, it is impossible to hold an elective national convention before August 16", he said.

He said the expanded national caucus meeting held on Monday, as well as yesterday's caucus meeting and BoT meeting, addressed the same issues after which their resolutions were forwarded to NEC for approval.

The meetings afforded prominent members of the party from across the country to reunite at a choked Wadata Plaza, Wuse Zone 5, national secretariat of the party which has bustled with activities since the Supreme Court ruled in favour of the NCC last Wednesday.

NEC is the second highest decision-making organ of the party after the National Convention.

He said: "We took a decision on the national convention".

Others at the meeting include members of the National Caretaker Committee, National Vice Chairmen and State Chairmen, Senate Minority Leader Godswill Akpabio, House Minority Leader Leo Ogor, and some principal officers of the National Assembly. I want you to recall that on May 21st 2016, there was a national convention in Port Harcourt which set up a Caretaker Committee and the tenure was supposed to be 90 days.

New members of the party executive will not emerge at the August 12 convention because it is non-elective.

"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".

He said NEC also dissolved the party's caretaker committees in Jigawa and Benue states, set up by the former Chairman of PDP, Ali Modu Sheriff, during the leadership tussle.

"When you want to hold an elective national convention, there must be elaborate notice to INEC and other things; but we can not meet such conditions anymore because there is no time".

"So, we brought a motion before NEC today and the motion was duly passed".

According to Adeyeye, the parallel caretaker committees were appointed against the constitution of the party and in conflict with already existing State Executive Committee which were validly put in place.

He added that the National Caretaker Committee had been directed to establish and inaugurate the committees immediately.

The National Chairman also thanked Nigerians for standing strong with the PDP during the period of its crisis and specially, congratulated the PDP Governors for remaining in the PDP irrespective of provocations and temptations from different quarters.

Vanessa Coleman