National leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP yesterday resolved to hold a fresh national convention on August 17 in Port Harcourt, Rivers state.
This is coming as Senator Kashamu Buruji, who is perceived as the backbone of the Modu Sheriff faction, dumped the faction in support of the Caretaker Committee led by Senator Ahmed Makarfi.
The decision to conduct another convention on August 17 was taken at an enlarged meeting between members of the Caretaker Committee, Board of Trustees, Governors Forum, National Assembly Caucus and other leaders of the party held at Yar’Adua Centre, Abuja.
Briefing journalists at the end of the meeting, Senator Makarfi said the party leaders also resolved to rezone the office of the national chairman to the South since the last May 21 convention ratified the zoning of its 2019 presidential candidate to the North.
“We discussed some programmes leading to convention, meaning that the national convention will hold on August 17 where we will elect new national executive officers of the party.
“We have also discussed and agreed on a new amendment to the constitution in view of recent court judgements in order to align the constitution to the judgements that have been delivered by court of competent jurisdiction.
“What we want is an all inclusive PDP. An equitable, fair and just system in the PDP, where the right of everyone commiserate with their own level is protected and preserved.
“We equally have set up a special committee led by DSP Sen Ike Ekweremadu, to further cement the reconciliation within the south west so that all issues that must have led to the division in the south west would be resolved accordingly.
On zoning, Makarfi said “we also discussed about zoning. Within the next few days a committee will be set up on zoning. The convention set aside the previous zoning arrangement so a new zoning arrangement have to be made we have agreed that with the next 48 hours, this committee should be put in place and given a week to come out with a new zoning arrangement.
“But of course taking a cue from the decision taken at the Portharcourt convention that the president will come from the north of course it is incontrovertible that the chairman of the party will come from the South and it will be open to all and not consigned to any geopolitical zone or state in the South.”
The crack in Modu Sheriff’s camp was confirmed with the appearance of Senator Kashamu At the stakeholders meeting.
Modu Sheriff on Monday had disowned report in the media that Senator Kashamu is not and cannot be his political godfather.
However the BoT chairman, Walid Jubrin, said dialogue is at advanced stage with Modu Sheriff to resolve the rift in the party.
“We are still negotiating.
“If you see Kashamu coming to our side fully, embracing our national caretaker committee, whatever this group says will be acceptable to him.
“We have been meeting with Sheriff. Even yesterday we spent until 4am this morning. And there is progress with Sheiff. He is human being and I am sure he will follow suit.”