The Board of Trustees (BoT) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has asked the Ahmed Makarfi-led caretaker Committee to form a new national convention planning committee for the next convention.
Two stalemated national conventions of the party have been held in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, under the chairmanship of Governor Nyesom Wike.
But at the end of its meeting held at the Musa Ya’Adua Centre, Abuja, on Monday, the BoT advised the Makarfi committee that for a credible, transparent, free and fair National Convention, “a new National Convention Planning Committee be constituted by the National Caretaker Committee and approve by the National Executive Committee, NEC.”
The BoT also advised that the next convention be held in Abuja.
A Communique signed by the Chairman of the BoT, Walid Jibrin, said the board would facilitate the raising of adequate funds for the party. It called on “all PDP governors to continue pursuing positive programmes of good governance so as to clearly project the people-oriented manifesto of the PDP”.
The BoT also advised mandated its reconciliation committee to continue with “all good efforts of reconciling all aggrieved Party members.”
Before conflicting court orders frustrated the national convention of the PDP, factional chairman, Ali Modu Sheriff had given as condition for reconciliation the shifting of the convention from Port Harcourt to Abuja.
Also present at the BoT meeting were National Chairman, Ahmed Makarfi; former Deputy Senate President, Ibrahim Mantu; former National Chairmen, Okwesilieze Nwodo and Vincent Ogbulafor, amongst others.