The Northern Elders Forum (NEF) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has asked the party’s national chairman, Sen Ali Modu Sheriff, to hand over power to the Board of Trustees (BoT) at the expiration of his tenure on May 21.
Also, the elders have asked all the remaining members of the National Working Committee (NWC) to also relinquish their offices
The elders, including the former minister of Information, Professor Jerry Gana, former Deputy Senate President, Ibrahim Mantu, former minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Bala Mohammed, former minister of Special Duties, Alhaji Kabiru Tanimu Turaki and former minister of Agriculture, Shettima Mustapha among many others, also asked Sheriff to stop the proposed amendment of the PDP constitution.
Addressing newsmen at the end of the forum’s meeting, which lasted for over three hours in Abuja, yesterday, leader of the forum, Professor Jerry Gana, said in order not to create a vacuum at the expiration of the tenure of the present crop of NWC members on May 21, the BoT should take over power and ensure a smooth transition when a new date for the convention is announced, where new leaders would emerged.
Gana said the May 21 convention must be postponed, following what he described as “poorly conducted congresses in some states” and “lack of wide consultations” before the amendment of the PDP constitution.
He said there must be balance between the North and the South in the zoning arrangement, insisting that while the presidential ticket had been zoned to the North, the chairmanship slot must go to the South and not the North-east as ratified by NEC.
“The current NWC has proven that they cannot organise a proper and transparent convention. In a number of states, the congresses were badly conducted. This is unacceptable. The entire process has been flawed and not built on good foundation. A delegate’s conference will be held here in Abuja before the national convention will be held,” he said.