Wednesday, 19 July 2017

PDP fixes date for national convention, to set up disciplinary panel for Sheriff, others

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has fixed it’s non-elective national convention for Aug. 12, in Abuja.

Dayo Adeyeye, the National Publicity Secretary of PDP National Caretaker Committee, announced the decision after the NEC meeting held on Tuesday in Abuja.

Adeyeye said the decision was to enable the party to meet the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)  requirement on national conventions of political parties.

“We have been in court since May 2016. So, the prolonged litigation of the national leadership tussle ended only last week on  July  1 when the Supreme Court gave judgement in favour of the National Caretaker Committee.

“This left barely one month for the conduct of proper elective national convention.’’

“ Practically, it is going to be impossible to have an elective national convention before Aug. 16 because we need to give certain statutory notices to INEC.

“And our own (constitution) has some special provisions that we have to meet and there’s no time to meet up with those provisions.

“Therefore, NEC took a decision that in view of all the circumstances, NEC invoking the powers conferred on it under Section 31 (2a), decided to convene non-elective national convention on Aug. 12 in Abuja,’’ Adeyeye said.

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.

“ You will recall that immediately after the Court of Appeal judgment on the 17th of February and March in Port Harcourt, which gave our victory to Sheriff, he went about installing caretaker committees in some, states, 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.

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

Also the National Executive Committee of PDP in Abuja, on Tuesday, agreed to set up a Standing Disciplinary Committee for members who pushed the party into crisis, Punch reports.

Thse NEC also agreed to set up a Standing Reconciliation Committee.

Spokesperson for the party, Dayo Adeyeye, said these were part of the decisions taken at the 74th NEC meeting, which was held at the party’s national secretariat.

The newspaper reports that members insisted that the former National Chairman of the party, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, and his followers be sanctioned for the roles they allegedly played in the 14-month crisis that rocked the party.

Apart from Sheriff, those likely to be drawn before the proposed committee, include a former National Secretary, Prof. Wale Oladipo; the Deputy National Chairman, Dr. Cairo Ojougboh, and the acting National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Bernard Mikko.

Adeyeye said, “People know that this party was 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.”

Adeyeye said those that were sacked by Sheriff, when the Court of Appeal gave a judgment in his favour on February 17, had been directed to return to office.

The PDP spokesman added, “All state caretaker committees and state parallel executives, set up after the Court of Appeal judgment of February 17, 2017 at Port Harcourt, had been removed and replaced by the duly elected officials in the affected states.”

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