The National Caucus of the Peoples Democratic Party has fixed August 17, 2016 for its national convention where new national executives will be elected.
the decision was taken at a meeting of the caucus presided over by the Chairman of the party’s National Caretaker Committee, Ahmed Makarfi, in Abuja on Thursday.
The convention will hold in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
Briefing journalists after the meeting, Makarfi disclosed that the caucus agreed that the next national chairman of the party would come from the South.
He said this decision was reached in order to balance the power equation in the party since it had been agreed that the party’s presidential candidate would come from the North in 2019.
He said that it was left for the three geopolitical zones in the South to decide which of them would fill the position of the national chairman.
The zones are the South-South, South-East and the South-West.
“We discussed some programmes leading to the convention, meaning that the national convention will hold on August 17 where we will elect new national executive officers of the party.
“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 and we have agreed that within the next 48 hours, this committee should be put in place and given a week to come up with a new zoning arrangement.
“But, of course, the committee should take a cue from the decision taken at the Port Harcourt convention that the presidential candidate will come from the North.
“Then, 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.”
Makarfi expressed hope that before the convention date, peace would have returned to the troubled party.
Already, he said the meeting received reports on how to reconcile aggrieved members of the party and expressed hope that the party was on the right track to regain power in 2019.
In his own remark, the Chairman of the BoT, Walid Jibrin, said that there were plans to withdraw all court cases.
He said he led a group of members of the party to have meeting with Sheriff on Wednesday night.