The Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has endorsed the caretaker committee set up by the party’s convention last Saturday in the Rivers State capital, Port Harcourt.
Also, another faction of the party, known as the concerned stakeholders group, which held a parallel convention in Abuja same day, has teamed up with the PDP caretaker committee headed by Senator Ahmed Makarfi.
They also directed their members to withdraw pending cases from the courts and set up a committee to meet former acting National Chairman of the party, Ali Modu Sheriff.
Thursday’s meeting followed counter court orders which restrained the factional leaders, Senators Sheriff and Markafi from assuming the mantle of leadership of the party.
In one case, a Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt granted an interim injunction restraining Senator Sheriff and former secretary, Professor Adewale Oladipo from parading themselves as national officers of the party.
But in a counter ruling, a Federal High Court in Lagos declared as invalid, the Makarfi-led caretaker committee constituted to take over the affairs of the PDP.
In one case, a Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt granted an interim injunction restraining the immediate past National Chairman and National Secretary of the PDP, Ali Modu Sheriff and Professor Adewale Oladipo, from parading themselves as national officers of the party.
But in a counter ruling, a Federal High Court in Lagos declared as invalid, the Caretaker Committee constituted to take over the affairs of the PDP from its acting National Chairman, Ali Modu Sheriff.
Nigeria’s main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has its eyes on getting back to prominence at the centre in 2019.
The party has vowed to reclaim the power it lost to the All Progressives Congress, APC at the 2015 elections.
The PDP, after its National Working Committee meeting in the nation’s capital on Thursday, said that it remains the only true national political party well equipped to hold the national character of the country.
In a statement by its National Secretary, Professor Adewale Oladipo, the PDP said that it is resolute in taking back power in 2019 through its branding project
The party also resolved after the meeting to work towards a reform programme which it says will culminate in the summoning of a caucus meeting in the coming week.
Thereafter, the Board of Trustees and National Executive Council meetings will also be convened to approve the draft guideline for the congresses and national convention.