We enjoin the entire mass of the youth, women, elders, stakeholders and membership of the Party nationwide to shun personal interest and support and cooperate with the Senator Ahmed Makarfi led National Caretaker Committee so that the Party may move forward
Patrick Osadebamwen, Abuja
Embattled Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Sen. Ali Modu Sheriff, has suffered another political blow in his bid to retain hold of the party as 11 members of the National Working Committee (NWC), which he once led, have ditched him.
Eight out of the 12-member NWC, in a resolution Wednesday, declared that “as products of the Party’s National Convention, we accept without equivocation all decisions and resolutions of the National Convention of the Peoples Democratic Party held at Port Harcourt on 21st May 2016.”
The NWC members, also urged all party members to stand by chairman of the caretaker committee, Sen. Ahmed Makarfi, who is now tasked with the responsibility of piloting affairs of the party towards another convention, slated to hold within 90 days.
“We recognize the Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led National Caretaker Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party and offer the Committee all our support and cooperation.
“We enjoin the entire mass of the youth, women, elders, stakeholders and membership of the Party nationwide to shun personal interest and support and cooperate with the Senator Ahmed Makarfi led National Caretaker Committee so that the Party may move forward”, the resolution read.
It was jointly signed by: former deputy National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, Hon. Barr. Onwe Solomon Onwe, former National Legal Adviser, Barr. Victor Yusufu Kwon, Former. National Woman Leader, Amb. Dr. Kema Chikwe and former National Youth Leader, Hon. Abdullahi Maibasira
Others include Former. National Financial Secretary, Elder Bolaji Anani, Alhaji Buhari Bala, (former National Treasurer) as well as Chief Olisa Metuh, former National Publicity Secretary, who is indisposed but agrees with this position.
The NWC members who submitted to the decisions taken at the Sharks stadium, Port Harcourt noted that it has resolved to abide by the decision based on the mood of its members nationally.
It said: “We, the undersigned, were members of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the People’s Democratic Party and its principal officers, having been elected by and owing our respective offices to the National Convention of the party, until May 21, 2016.
“Members of National Working Committee, sensitive to the mood of the generality of members of the party that election be held into National offices of the party to resolve lingering leadership issues in the party, openly communicated to the expanded national caucus at its 32nd meeting of 6th March 2016 held at the Ondo Governor’s Lodge, Asokoro, Abuja, our agreement to give up our tenures for congresses and convention to be held in May 2016;
“The national convention from which we derived our authority to lead the party was properly convened to hold and actually held on the 21st May 2016 at Port Harcourt by the National Executive Committee in exercise of its powers under Section 31(2)(a) of the PDP Constitution 2012 (as Amended);
“In the absence of the then National Chairman of the Party, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, the then Deputy National Chairman of the Party, Prince Uche Secondus, presided over the Convention in accordance with Sections 33(1)(a), 35(1)(a) and 35(3)(b) of the Constitution of the Party aforestated:
“The National Convention by virtue of which we owe our respective offices resolved in accordance with democratic principles as enshrined in Section 33(9) of the Party’s Constitution aforestated, amongst others to:
“Dissolve the National Working Committee of the Party; Set aside the zoning formula earlier adopted by the National Executive Committee with respect to the election of National Officers of the Party;
“Ratify the decision of the National Executive Committee of the Party that the 2019 Presidential Candidate of the Party shall come from Northern Nigeria;
“Constitute a National Caretaker Committee of seven members under the Chairmanship of Senator Ahmed Makarfi and Secretaryship of Senator Ben Obi to run the Party for 90 days within which time they are to organize an elective National Convention of the Party;
“The decision of the National Convention dissolving the National Working Committee merely re-echoes our undeniable decision as members of National Working Committee to give up our tenures for congresses and Convention to be held in May 2016.”
It also noted that “The National Caretaker Committee constituted by the National Convention on 21st May 2016 is fully within the powers of the National Convention under Section 33(5)(e) of the Party’s Constitution.
“As responsible and honourable Party members who have had the privilege of serving the Party at the highest level, we do not support and are not party to any suit, action or activity seeking to challenge the decisions of the National Convention in appointing the National Caretaker Committee or dissolving the former NWC, which had, at any rate, earlier agreed to go.
Among those who did not sign the resolution are: Professor Adewale Oladipo former National secretary, Alhaji Fatai Adewale Adeyanju former national auditor, Alhaji Abubakar Mustapha and the embattled Chairman, Sen. Ali Modu Sheriff.
The trio of the National Chairman, National Secretary and National auditor had approached a Federal High Court in Lagos seeking for an order barring the PDP from holding elections into these offices.