PDP extends Makarfi panel’s life, after botched convention

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Policemen block entrance to Sharks Stadium Port Harcourt. NAN Photo
Policemen block entrance to Sharks Stadium Port Harcourt. NAN Photo

From a planned elective convention, the Peoples Democratic Party downgraded proceedings to a non-elective one, after security agencies shut them out of the Sharks Stadium in Port Harcourt.

The delegates who retreated to the party’s secretariat at Aba Road in the oil city decided to  extend the tenure of their National Caretaker Committee led by Sen. Ahmed Makarfi to 12 months.

An armoured personnel carrier at the Sharks Stadium. NAN Photo
An armoured personnel carrier at the Sharks Stadium. NAN Photo
An armoured personnel carrier and a police vehicle at the Sharks Stadium
An armoured personnel carrier and a police vehicle at the Sharks Stadium

Deputy Senate President, Sen. Ike Ekweremadu, moved the motion for tenure extension while Mrs Zainab Maina, a female delegate, seconded it.

Rivers governor and chairman of the convention planning committee, Nyesom Wike, put the question to the delegates, who affirmed by a voice vote.

Wike also said the event was a non- elective convention.

Delegates also agreed that the National Caretaker Committee membership be increased to 13 if there was need, to enable it carry out its assignment.

They also agreed that members of the committee should not take part in the election to elect new leaders for the party.

Meanwhile, some delegates have  reacted to the decisions taken by the party after the botched attempt to convene at the Sharks stadium.

Chief Ugochukwu Okeke, a delegate from Anambra state, said the decision was a step in the right direction aimed at moving the party forward.

“ We will continue to explore all avenues to bring peace to the PDP and remain a very viable opposition,” he said.

Another delegate, Mr Obi Kachi, said that the party respects the rule of law and abides by its constitution.

“ We support the tenure extension because it is a good decision taken by our members to keep the party going,” he said.

NAN also reports that delegates have started going back to their various states following the decisions taken at the non-elective convention.


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  • opibra

    Laugh wan kill me die! Funny people. They thought it’s business as usual. imagine defying court order. shame shame shame!