Sheriff must go, say Gana, Mantu, others

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A group known as Peoples Democratic Party Northern Elders, has called on the National Chairman of the party, Ali Modu Sheriff, and other members of the party’s National Working Committee to vacate office on May 21.

It also called for the postponement of the party’s national convention slated for that date in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

The group led by a former Minister of Information, Prof. Jerry Gana, which met in Abuja late Wednesday night, said the postponement was necessary in order to reconcile aggrieved members of the party.

Some concerned PDP leaders led by a former Niger State governor, Dr. Aliyu Babangida, had earlier called for the postponement of the convention due to observed flaws in the ongoing congresses across the states.

The Gana group decried what it called the level of impunity and imposition in the PDP, noting that for the party to return to the vision of its original founders, it must purge itself of these vices.

The PDP North Elders’ Forum also picked holes in the proposed constitutional amendment, noting that it violated the party’s constitution.

ýThe PDP National Executive Committee is meeting on Wednesday to debate the proposed constitutional amendment.

Sheriff had proposed various amendments to the party’s constitution, including a clause which forbids members of the Board of Trustees of the party from meeting without the knowledge of the national chairman.

Some members of the Forum who attended the meeting were a former Deputy President of the Senate, Senate Ibrahim Mantu; a former Minister of Police Affairs, Alhaji Waziri Maina; Babangida, and a former presidential aide, Ahmed Gulak.

Meanwhile, the Congress and Appeal Committees set up by the national leadership of the party to conduct congresses and attend to appeals in Adamawa State have said that the congresses were marred by violence in the state last Saturday.

A member of Appeal Committee, Mr. Moses Ibiyemi, who stated this while addressing journalists at the PDP national secretariat in Abuja on Thursday, on behalf of the two committees, called for the dissolution of the state executive committee for proper congresses to be done.

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