Happenings at the Port Harcourt version of the troubled Peoples Democratic Party, PDP have been unfolding.
The convention which was cancelled but report says a caretaker committee was set up. The new committee Chairman which was picked to take over the party leadership from Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, the ousted Interim National Chairman. is former governor of Kaduna State, Ahmed Makarfi.
A parallel convention led by Prof. Jerry Gana is also holding at Abuja, News Punch understands
News Punch reliably hinted that the motion to sack the former Borno Governor, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff as national Chairman was moved by his close ally and Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose.
Before the Port Harcourt Convention, Fayose was a strong supporter of Ali Modu Sheriff. Infact, reports were rife that the duo were planning for a joint Presidential ticket come 2019.
According to Premium Times, the PDP leadership which comprised of PDP governors and other eminent members of PDP agreed to name an interim committee to replace the National Working Committee, pending the election of new NWC members.
The high-powered meeting that was convened at the office of Governor Nyesom Wike in Port Harcourt said members resolved to make Mr. Markafi the chairman of the caretaker committee while Mr. Obi would function as secretary of the party.
The Source told Premium Times that, it was Gov. Fayose that moved for the dethronement of Sheriff.
“Governor Fayose said Sheriff should leave for a new caretaker chairman to take over, but Governor Wike said Sheriff should not be disgraced out of office just like that that they should let him be chairman of the caretaker. The governors rejected Mr. Wike’s suggestion,” the source said.
The source said there will be representatives of the six geopolitical zones in the caretaker committee, too.
“Sheriff was not happy with the development. In fact, he had to storm out of the venue of the meeting, angrily,” the source said.
He said the meeting was attended by most of the party’s serving and former governors, senators and honourable members as well as some members of the board of trustees.e crises the party is facing