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  • …As NEC meets to ratify Modu Sheriff ’s tenure
Modu SheriffBARELY
three weeks
after resolution of the
chairmanship crisis in the
Peoples Democratic Party,
PDP, fresh constitutional
crisis is brewing in the
party over the elongation of
the tenure of the National
Working Committee, NWC.
This is coming as the
party’s National Executive
Committee, NEC, meets
today to determine the
tenure of the National
Chairman, Senator Ali
Modu Sheriff, who was
earlier given three months
by the statutory organs of
the party after his selection.
The incumbent NWC was
elected in March 2012 for a four
year tenure which is expected
to expire on March 24.
Following the appointment
of Senator Ali Modu
Sheriff as the new national
chairman of the party two
weeks ago, the statutory
organs of the party gave him
three months to revive the
party thereby extending the
tenure of the present NWC
by two months.
Conscious of the looming
constitutional crisis, the
NWC under the leadership
of the former Acting
national chairman, Prince
Uche Secondus had late last
year released a timetable
for the conduct of primaries
and national convention.
The release of the
timetable was faulted by
some members of the party,
including all the deputy
national officers, who
argued that timetable was
released without recourse
to the National Executive
Committee, NEC, which is
vested with the powers to fix
timetable for the congresses
and convention.
However, there are
arguments in some quarters
in the party that only the
tenure of the National
Chairman, National
Secretary, National Financial
Secretary and the National
Auditor would expire this
month as the party was
compelled to conduct new
convention on August 30,
2013 for other national
officer following report by
INEC that their 2012 election
was conducted via voice
vote instead of voting as
stipulated in the convention
guideline.
If the tenure of all the other
national officers is deemed
to have commenced afresh
from August 30, 2013 their
tenure would terminate on
August 30, 2017, based on the
four-year tenure envisaged
by the constitution of the
party.
It was gathered from
reliable sources within the
party that some members
of the party are already
gearing up to drag the
party to court if the party’s
National Chairman,
National Secretary, National
Financial Secretary and
the National Auditor stays
in office a day longer than
March 24 despite the three
months period given to
Modu Sheriff to steer the
affairs of the party.
It was further gathered
that in a bid to nip the
looming crisis in the
bud, the party’s National
Executive Committee, NEC,
which is meeting today
is likely to pass a formal
resolution on behalf of
the National Convention,
being the highest decision
making organ of the party,
to validate the extension of
the tenure of the four NWC
members affected by the
March 24 terminal date of
their tenure.
Our findings also revealed
that those that are angling to
drag the party to court are
believed to be undeterred
by any decision the NEC
takes to extend the tenure of
the NWC as they argue that
there is no such provision
for tenure extension in the
party’s constitution.

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