The pre-national convention crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) reached an anticlimax yesterday as the warring camps compromised their positions and reached a truce.
In a dramatic twist, the national chairman of PDP, Sen. Ali Modu sheriff, along side governors of the party and members of the Board of Trustees (BoT), finally reached some agreement over the contentious issues surrounding the May 21 national convention of the party.
This comes as Sheriff declared himself sole candidate for the position of national chairman ahead of the convention, on the basis that he has been endorsed for the position by the North east caucus of the zone where the office was zoned to.
Recalled that Sheriff and PDP Concerned Stakeholders Forum, led by Prof. Jerry Gana, were at logger heads over Sheriff’s candidacy, zoning of the party’s chairmanship position to the North-east, postponement of the national convention and amendment of the party’s constitution.
Gana’s group had setup a 57 member stern committee in a move that signaled a take over of the party which would have culminated in a parallel convention.
But both sides were forced to reach a compromise after series of meetings which culminated in the BoT meeting which held at the party’s secretariat, with Sheriff, Gana and other BoT members in attendance.
While Sheriff and the party’s 12 governors agreed to suspend the contentious amendment of the party’s constitution, the BoT, largely made up of Gana’s group shifted ground on their opposition to the holding of the National convention, the candidature of Sheriff for the position of national chairman.
Sheriff also agreed to the review of recently held congresses in some states that were contentious as canvassed by Gana’s group.
Both camps equally agreed that the Presidency would remain in the North and that a resolution to that effect will be passed at the national convention.