PDP crisis: Modu Sheriff disowns peace deal
Senator Modu Sheriff

Modu SheriffSecret plot by some elements within the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to edge the national chairman, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff out of office, suffered major setback yesterday as members of the National Executive Committee, NEC reaffirmed their support for his leadership.
This is coming as the opposition party condemned March 4 arrest of four members of Ekiti State House of Assembly by the DSS, saying Nigeria is descending into totalitarianism.
The four year tenure of the PDP national chairman, national secretary, national auditor and national financial secretary, which took effect in March 2012 with the election that brought Dr Bamanga Tukur into office, will lapse late this month.
Despite the three months period given to Modu Sheriff last month by the statutory organs of the party to organise fresh congresses and national convention, it was gathered on Sunday night that some members of the party were pushing against the elongation of the tenure of the national chairman beyond March 24.
The move to unseat Modu Sheriff did not win popular support among members of the Board of Trustees and the NEC as the members rather reaffirmed their support for him and gave him and members of National Working Committee new dates for the conduct of congresses and national convention.
In their opening remark, Deputy Senate President, Chief Ike Ekweremadu, who spoke on behalf of PDP lawmakers and Chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum, Dr Olusegun Mimiko, expressed appreciation to members and leaders of the party in the amicable resolution of the crisis in the party.
They also reaffirmed confidence in the leadership of Modu Sheriff.
Also speaking, the Acting chairman of the Board of Trustees, Senator Wahid Jirin, said “on behalf of the BoT I congratulate all of us for coming together.
“I assure you that all organs of the party have come together to take common decision and there is no difference whatsoever in the party.
“For those who think PDP is on verge of breaking up, I assure you PDP will never break up. Today we remain fully united and behind the national chairman,” he said.
In a communiqué issued at the end of the 69 NEC meeting, which was read by Senator Modu Sheriff, the NEC approved approved the time-table for the party’s Congresses and National Convention. The Congresses will commence on Saturday, April 23 and culminate in the National Convention on Saturday, May 21 in Port Harcourt, Rivers state.
Part of the communiqué read: “NEC after exhaustive deliberations approved the extension of the tenure of office of all organs of the party at all levels until the conduct of Congresses and National Convention. This is however with the exception of Edo and Ondo States.
“NEC approved the setting up of four special committees in preparation for the National Convention. They are National Convention Committee, Reconciliation Committee, Zoning Committee and Finance Committee.
“NEC considered the erosion of fundamental human rights and constitutionally guaranteed personal liberty of Nigeria, especially key leaders of the PDP by the APC-led Federal Government and condemned the incessant harassment, maltreatment and unlawful incarceration of PDP leaders at various levels by Government controlled law enforcement and prosecution agencies.
“Condemned the Friday, March 4, 2016 invasion and raiding of Ekiti State House of Assembly and subsequent arrest and continued detention of four PDP members of the House by the Directorate of State Services (DSS) on trumped-up charges.
NEC also demanded the immediate and unconditional release of the four PDP members of the Ekiti House of Assembly by the DSS; and resolved to stand in solidarity with all Nigerians whose fundamental rights as citizens are being infringed upon by the Federal Government.
It called on the international community and all civil rights organizations worldwide to take note of the denial of fundamental human rights, abuse of liberties and freedom of individuals and the rapid descent of Nigeria into totalitarianism.
NEC also condoled with the families of its 18 members who were brutally murdered in Ogoni land in Rivers state as well as with the Federal Government and the Government of Kogi State over the unfortunate death of the late Minister of State for Labour, Barr. James Ocholi, and resolved to send a high-powered delegation to condole with his family.
NEC in session also congratulated all its members who won in their rerun elections, including former Senate President, Senator David Mark.

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