The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will hold a non-elective special Convention on August 12, 2017 to extend the tenure of the National Caretaker Committee.
This comes as the National Executive Committee of the party has directed the Caretaker Committee to set up a standing disciplinary panel to mete out appropriate punishment to the former National Chairman, Ali Modu-Sheriff.
Also, set up was a reconciliation committee.
These are some of the resolutions at the 74th National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the opposition party in Abuja on Tuesday.
Dayo Adeyeye, spokesperson of the party, stated this while speaking with journalists on the outcome of the meeting.
He stated that due to time constraint, it would be impossible to have a proper elective national convention before the end of the Committee’s tenure.
“We have been in court since May 2016. So, the prolonged litigation of the National leadership tussle ended only last week on 12th of July when the Supreme Court gave judgement in favour of the National Caretaker Committee, leaving barely one month for the conduct of proper elective national convention, taking into account the relevant statutory notice that we need to give to INEC and the requirements of the PDP Constitution 2012 (as amended). Practically, it is going to be impossible to have an elective national convention before August 16 because we need to give certain statutory notices to INEC. And our own has some special provisions that we have to meet and there’s no time to meet up with those provisions.
“Therefore, NEC took a decision that on view of all the circumstances, NEC invoking the powers conferred on it under Section 31 (2a), decided to convene non-elective national convention on August 12, 2017in Abuja,” Adeyeye stated.
The Caretaker Committee was first set up to work for 90 days in May 21, 2016 during the party’s Port Harcourt national convention in which the Ali Modu Sheriff-led National Working Committee was dissolved.
The committee’s life span was later extended by 12 months in another convention that held again in Port Harcourt on the 17 of August, 2016.
Adeyeye also disclosed that the party has dissolved the parallel caretaker committees set up in Jigawa and Benue States by Sheriff, who was sacked last week by the Supreme Court.
According to Adeyeye, the parallel caretaker committees were appointed against the constitution of the party and in conflict with already existing State Executive Committee which were validly put in place.
With the setting up of the standing committee for reconciliation, the earlier national reconciliation committee headed by Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson has been dissolved.
BusinessDay learnt that the setting up of the standing disciplinary committee was informed by the need to address mounting pressure by key party leaders to sanction all those who sabotaged the party in the 14-month leadership tussle.
Adeyeye however said that the no victor, no vanquished declaration by the party was still valid.
On Constitutional amendment, the party during the NEC meeting, directed that draft copies of the amendment be circulated to members to study before the elective national convention, scheduled to hold before the end of the year.
This is the first of such meetings that the party is holding in the last 14 months of protracted national leadership tussle that threatened the foundation of the party.
NEC is the second highest decision-making organ of the party after the National Convention.
OWEDE AGBAJILEKE, Abuja