Controversies trail PDP National Convention

Bitrus Kozah, Abuja

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has dissolved its National Executive Committee and set-up an Interim National Executive Committee led by a former Governor of Kaduna state, Northern Nigeria, Mr. Ahmed Makarfi, at its National Convention in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Southern Nigeria.

A faction of the party led by the Concerned PDP, had simultaneously held its convention in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, and endorsed the former Deputy Senate President, Mr. Ibrahim Mantu, as its acting chairman.

The former National Chairman of the leading opposition party, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, told newsmen in a news conference in Port Harcourt that the National Convention, had been suspended citing numerous court cases as the reason for the decision and that “as a law abiding party, it suspended the convention until all court cases were resolved.”

Sen. Ali Modu Sheriff said: “The challenges are court cases and taking into account the decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) not to supervise the election into the office of Chairman, Secretary and Auditor.

Sheriff added that “based on the order of the court and on the account that our party is responsible and law abiding with high respect to the judiciary and courts, we do hereby state and put off the National Convention.

The issues raised in the cases were many and bothered on the expiration of the tenure of some offices in 2017 and 2018 and the fact that INEC said it would not supervise the election.”

He also said that “the NEC of the party did not want to be charged for contempt of court and decided to suspend the convention.”

He urged all delegates to return to their various states until the issues were resolved.

“Whatever the decisions the court take, we will abide by it,” Sheriff said.