Patrick Osadebamwen, Abuja
National Leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has been called upon to postpone the May 21 convention which is expected to produce a new set of national officers to lead the party.
Stakeholders of the party under the aegis of Concerned PDP Leaders, made this call in a statement signed by the former Governor of Niger State, Dr. Babangida Aliyu.
The PDP leaders said the congresses were marred by flaws that breed disaffection among party members adding that the NEC decision to zone chairmanship of the party to the Northeast was inconsistent with party rules as only one-thord of its members attended the NEC.
“The leaders observed as follows: that the procedure and conduct of the congresses nationwide were flawed with resultant disaffection and disagreements.
“Furthermore, the current zoning formula for the position of National Chairman as adopted by only 1/3 (One-Third) of NEC is inconsistent with the original PDP principles.
“In consonance therefore, the group unanimously resolved as follows; call for the postponement of the national convention and appeal to the leadership of the party to revisit these fundamental issues to enable the party to organize and conduct a more cohesive and acceptable national convention to avert the situation whereby aggrieved members may be compelled to organize parallel congress/convention”.
The Concerned PDP Leaders was led by Dr. Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu. Other members of the group are Dr. Bala Mohammed, Hon. Mrs. Zainab Maina; John Odey; Hon Sulaiman Abubakar; Capt. Hassan Mohammed (rtd); Saidu Ndako Idris; Hon. Dr. Bolere Ketebu and Hon. Kaulaha Aliyu.