Sheriff Describes PDP Convention As A Huge Joke

Ali Modu Sheriff, PDP, PlateauThe factional Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Sen Ali Modu Sheriff, has described the National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of the PDP which extended the tenure of the Makarfi-led Caretaker Committee by one year. 

He said, the said meeting was in breach of Section 31 (4) of the PDP Constitution, which makes the National Chairman the sole authority with a mandate to convene the NEC.

Sheriff said INEC has not been put on the mandatory three weeks’ notice, neither has he as Chairman been put on one week notice, even if it was an emergency.

He also called on members of PDP to disregard everything that may have taken place in Port Harcourt, as everything purported to have been done was in gross violation of a court order.

He further maintained that the Caretaker Committee does not exist in law, therefore, “Makarfi should stop parading himself as a PDP official”.

The PDP extended the tenure of the Ahmed Makarfi-led caretaker committee for one year after a vote of confidence was passed by national delegates at the party’s secretariat in Port Harcourt, the River State capital.

The Nigerian Police had cordoned off the venue of the planned National Convention citing the ruling of a Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday barring the PDP from holding the convention.

Justice Okon Abang ruling in a motion filed by a factional chairman of the party, Ali-Modu Sheriff, also restrained the Inspector General of Police and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from supervising or monitoring the planned convention pending the determination of the substantive suit.

The Public Relations Officer of the Nigerian Police, Donald Amunah defended the action, maintaining that the that the police got conflicting orders and as a neutral body they have to take charge.

However, the party moved to their secretariat in Port Harcourt, held the convention and announced the extension of the Ahmed Makarfi-led Caretaker Committee by one year at the end of the exercise.

PDP Reconciliation Committee Submits Report Ahead Of National Convention

PDP's Makarfi and SheriffThe PDP Reconciliation Committee, which was inaugurated by the party’s Board of Trustees (BoT) on Saturday submitted its report.

The committee was set up to reconcile Sen. Ali Modu Sheriff to the party ahead if the National Convention.

The PDP was plunged into serious leadership crisis after the last national convention failed to conduct elections for principal officers of the party.

Sen Sheriff, since then, has paraded himself as the party’s national chairman, even though the governors and other leaders if the party continue to work with the Markafi-led Care Taker Committee which was mandated to organised the convention.

The reconciliation committee just presented its reports saying its recommendations will go a long way to resolve the crisis within the party.

Asked to give details of the report, Chairman of the Committee, Prof Jerry Gana, said the content will be made known after the BOT Chairman presents it to the BOT.

He said he can only assure all that the convention will hold and it will be an elective convention.

He also affirmed that the Committee met with Sen. Sheriff, but declined to comment on whether or not Sheriff is in agreement with the recommendations, adding that he can only assure all that the convention will hold and it will be an elective convention.

PDP Northern Elders Vow To Support Candidates Who Will Protect Their Interests

PDP BoTNorthern Elders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have closed ranks ahead of the party’s upcoming National Convention, as they vow to support candidates who will protect their interests.

Conveners of the Forum told journalists in Abuja that they are in support of the zoning arrangement and other preparations by the Caretaker Committee to hold the convention in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.

They, however, insisted that the interests of the North must be protected as the region remains critical to the survival of the party.

Although none of the members in the camp of Sen Ali Modu Sheriff attended the meeting, the Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Mr Walid Jubril, said the leadership problem of the party is coming to an end.

As it stands, some members of the PDP are set for the convention in Port Harcourt even in the face of disagreements from aggrieved members.

Resign And Let Peace Reign, Sheriff Tells Makarfi

PDP, SheriffFactional Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Sen. Ali-Modu Sheriff, on Monday gave conditions that must be met by the Makarfi-led Caretaker Committee for peace to reign.

He said the only condition for peace to reign in the party is if the caretaker committee led by Senator Ahmed Makarfi resign, because there is no place for the committee in the party’s constitution, therefore should be dissolved.

He stated this in Abuja while hosting a delegation of party members from the 17 local governments in Abia State.

Senator Sheriff had earlier at a peace meeting organised to resolve the crisis in the party ruled out the possibility of truce outside the court verdict, insisting the committee must go.

Instead, he proposed that he should be allowed to nominate a chairman, and ten persons into the new convention committee.

“People are very interested in our party and how the impasse will be settled before the Port Harcourt convention which was aborted by a court order,” he said.

“Yes, we have met and issues were discussed but all the issues I put forward for them was for the Makarfi-led caretaker committee to resign.

“It is an aberration as far as our party constitution is concern. I told them that I am not ready to be a permanent chairman but I want the party to be placed in proper stead.

“If he resigns tomorrow, I will ask the members of my NWC whose tenure still lasts to 2018, including myself, to set up a convention committee in Abuja and put respected members into the committee.

“In that convention, I will give away my mandate, which does not expire until 2018.

“If the leaders of our party feel that we can find a solution without exhausting the court process, then I am open to it; we can find a political solution.

“I have given the people the opportunity to see ‎that Sheriff is not the problem. The problem is that some people want to make the party their personal property and that will not happen under Sheriff.”, he said.


Ondo/Edo Elections: Court Restrains INEC From Dealing With Makarfi-Led PDP

Synagogue, CourtThe Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has restrained the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and its officers from dealing with any persons or group other than the Senator Ali Modu Sheriff-led National Executive Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) with respect to the governorship elections in Edo and Ondo States.

Presiding judge, Justice Okon Abang also directed INEC & the PDP to accord all facilities required by law for the two polls to the Sen Ali Modu Sheriff National Executive Committee of the party as the authentic national leadership of the Party.

In granting the orders, the court considered among other things that there is no lawful & legitimate process that has removed the Sen Ali Modu Sheriff and Prof Adewale Oladipo as Chairman and Secretary of the PDP.

The orders are to subsist pending the hearing and determination of the originating summons filed by the plaintiffs, Mr Benson Akingboye and Mr Ehizuwa Agbonayinma against INEC and the PDP.

PDP Zones Chairmanship Position To The North East

pdpThe leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has zoned its chairmanship position to the North East.

The Zoning Committee of the Party submitted their zoning recommendations to the party’s National Working Committee at a closed door meeting of the party’s leadership in Abuja.

Addressing journalists after the meeting, the current National Chairman, Sen. Ali Modu Sheriff, said all recommendations by the Zoning Committee, including that of the chairmanship position to the North East, have been approved by the National Executive Committee of the party.

Sen. Sheriff, who is from the North East, however declined comments on whether  or not he will contest for the chairmanship position during the party’s National Convention next month.