Former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Mr Abdullahi Jalo, said the dissolution of the party’s National Working Committee, NWC, at the Port Harcourt national convention was constitutional.
Jalo, who was a member of the dissolved NWC, stated this in an interview with journalists on Monday in Abuja.
He also said that the caretaker committee headed by former governor of Kaduna State, Sen. Ahmed Makarfi, which was constituted at the convention, was legitimate and backed by law.
Jalo alleged that the major cause of the recent crisis in the PDP was the plot by its former National Chairman, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, to hold on to power and contest the 2019 presidential election on the party’s platform.
He said if Sheriff continued to lead PDP, the crisis in the party would continue.
He added that the party’s National Executive Committee, NEC, during its 71st meeting agreed that Sheriff’s tenure had expired because he was completing the tenure of Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu, which ended in March.
“The convention in Port Harcourt had, seeing the danger ahead, unanimously resolved that we should give way for peace to reign and the party is more supreme than any individual in the NWC. So in order to bring peace, Jerry Gana, Mantu, Turaki, Zainab Maina and many others insisted that Sheriff should go.
“His tenure had expired long ago, but he was only given the favour by governors at the detriment of long serving members who laboured for the party. If the convention had ratified him, he would have been given till that period of 2018, but since he has been sacked, he should thank God that in spite of the protest of so many people, he was able to manage it,” Jalo said.
He added that the Gana-led Concerned PDP Stakeholders was out to rescue the party from ‘imminent collapse’ and should not be seen as a tool for division.
Meanwhile, former National Vice Chairman of the party in the South-South, Dr Cairo Ojougboh, said efforts had begun for the reconciliation of members.
He told the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja that both conventions of the party held on Saturday and their outcomes did not violate any court order.
“The caretaker committees that emerged from the two conventions were non-elective as there was no election. It is not even the matter of legitimacy that is important, we are appealing to everybody, those aggrieved and those that are not, that everybody should forfeit his rights. This is important so that we can forge ahead and move the party forward,” Ojougboh said.
He said PDP is a strong party that has its method of resolving internal crisis and that efforts are ongoing to rebuild it.
“After Saturday’s conventions, members are coming together to reconcile and rebuild the party. You will see that it will come out well and stronger. Members of the party are determined to rebuild it. We are working day and night to see that a political solution is achieved and that is what the PDP is known for,’’ he said.
Ojougboh added that PDP leaders welcomed the closure of its national secretariat by the police, saying “let it remain locked until we resolve issues and then go to the police and say give us our key”. (NAN)

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