The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has expanded the membership of its National Caretaker Committee from seven to 13 members.
The expansion was contained in the party’s resolution after the repeat national convention held on Wednesday at the PDP State Secretariat in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, south-south Nigeria.
The Convention was presided over by the Chairman of the National Caretaker Committee, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, with all delegates in attendance.
The delegates include PDP Governors, National Assembly members, the Board of Trustee members as well as other members of the party nationwide and invited guests.
According to the resolution signed by a member of the Caretaker Committee, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, the PDP has postponed the election of officers into various national offices of the party.
They also extended the tenure of the Caretaker Committee till another national convention, which is to be convened within the next 12 months.
The PDP also affirmed that all members of the Caretaker Committee would not contest or aspire for any national office in its next national convention.
Barring any last-minute changes, the Jerry Gana committee that was mandated on the 8th of January to restructure the membership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Board of Trustee (BoT) will submit its report this night.
The meeting of the Board is scheduled to hold at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
The committee may adopt a formula that any member of the Board that has defected to other parties between 1999 to date should automatically be said to have lost his or her privileged status of being a member of the PDP BoT.
A three-hour meeting of members of the BoT which also held at the Presidential Villa last month failed to produce a new chairman of the board as expected.
The meeting was meant to elect a replacement for former President Olusegun Obasanjo who resigned from the position last year.
At the end of the meeting which ended at about 11.30pm, Nigeria’s Ambassador to Canada, Chief Ojo Maduekwe, said the Jerry Gana committee was set up to streamline membership of the board in preparation for the election of a new chairman. The committee was given three weeks to conclude its assignment.
Maduekwe said the mandate of the committee was to properly align membership of the board in such a way that the election of the next BoT chairman would be a model of internal democracy.