Possibility of Senator Ali Modu Sheriff retaining his position as the national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, was given a boost yesterday as the party’s National Executive Committee, NEC, ratified the zoning of the chairmanship of the party to the North East.
This was the key decision at the 70th NEC meeting held at the party’s national secretariat, Abuja where the recommendations of Governor Udom Emmanuel’s committee was adopted.
The South South and South West zones retained the positions of deputy national chairman and national secretary, respectively.
Fielding questions from journalists at the end of the meeting, Senator Modu Sheriff declined to confirm if he will contest for the chairmanship saying his decision will be made public in due course.
Indications that opposition to the zoning of the chairmanship to the North despite the earlier position of the party to pick its 2019 Presidential candidate, emerged at the opening session of the meeting when the Acting chairman of the Board of Trustees, BoT. Senator Walid Jibrin made passionate appeal to aggrieved members no to dump the party.
He expressed reservations over series of unofficial meetings held before the NEC meetings and vowed not to participate in such unofficial meetings.
He lamented that BoT members, who had earlier given Modu Sheriff quit notice, were excluded from the NEC meeting.
“The exclusion of the BoT is not deliberate and I appeal to all members of the BoT that they should not take offence that there was no any meeting of the BoT


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