PDP Convention: Makarfi To Get 4 Months Tenure Extention

THE National Caretaker Committee (NCC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) headed by Senator Ahmed Makarfi, will today get four months extension to its tenure at the convention holding at Eagle sqaure.

The National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party took the decision at its emergency meeting held last night, it was learnt.

The decision of NEC will be tabled for ratification of the Convention which is ongoing at the Eagle Square Abuja.

Members at the meeting according to Independent Newspaper, also asked for the suspension of Senator Buruji Kashamu and some of his loyalists for making attempts at using the court to stop the convention.

The NCC, it was gathered, would have been given up to six months extension to its tenure but was opposed by some persons within the NCC itself who felt that they have overstayed.

Most of the NCC members it was said, had lobbied the NEC members to limit the tenure extension to just three months, but the NEC in session, decided otherwise and forced down four months extension on the committee members within which it will conduct an elective convention.

Meanwhile, Kashamu, who was a known figure on the side of Ali Modu-Sheriff while the party crisis lasted was fingered once again as the one who sponsored people to take the party to court during the week with a view to stopping the non-elective convention holding at the Eagle square now.

However, all courts approached, it was said, turned down the request to grant any interlocutory injunction against the party, giving it the leeway to host the convention.

Kashamu was said to be the one who helped Modu-Sheriff procure court judgements that stalled the last two convention of the party in May and August 2016, as well as some of the contradictory judgements by trial courts during the PDP imbroglio.

Prince Dayo Adeyeye, national publicity secretary of the party had confirmed on Friday that efforts were made by some individuals to stop the convention but failed.

He, however, failed to mention any name, or the region where such individuals came from.

The paper quoted a source who attended the NEC meeting, however, disclosed that the memo raised on the issue of Buruji was deferred to the convention where a more stringent decision, probably, expulsion might be recommended and approved by the Convention today.

The Convention is the highest decision making body of the party.

It was learnt that the issue was further discussed at various meetings held by some other caucuses, as well as the governors of the party last night and decisions were taken on how the issue will be tabled in such a way that will be acceptable to the party members without giving any sign of persecution.

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