The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says the national convention of the party will be conducted before the end of October. The convention was initially meant to be held in December.
Aminu Tambuwal, governor of Sokoto state and chairman of the PDP governors forum, made the announcement on Tuesday after a closed-door meeting of the party stakeholders in Abuja.
It was gathered that party elders including former presidents of the Senate, David Mark, Iyorchia Ayu and Pius Ayim, as well as ex-governors Ahmed Makarfi (Kaduna), Sule Lamido (Jigawa) and Olagunsoye Oyinlola (Osun) held a series of meetings from late Monday night till early hours of Tuesday before arriving at a win-win situation for rival groups in the party.
The Chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum and Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal, who read the communiqué to journalists described the meeting as successful.
Talking on the internal crisis in the party, Tambuwal said the members have agreed to work together.
He said “We are very happy to announce that we have discussed all matters and we have resolved to continue to work as a united family,”.
He added “There were extensive consultations with all major stakeholders in the party including the governors, members of the Board of Trustees, former presiding officers and current principal officers and leaders from the National Assembly, former governors, former ministers, and indeed other leaders of the party with a view to bringing all tendencies within the party together in view of the urgent task facing the party as the only viable vehicle to checkmate the abysmally poor governance of the APC- led Federal Government.
“The meeting deliberated extensively on the issues thrown up and resolved as follows:
“That the constitution, traditions and practices of the party should be strictly adhered to in finding solutions to any problems.
“That all parties should sheathe their swords in the greater interest of the PDP and the need to rescue Nigeria from the avoidable national malaise and drift occasioned by the APC administration.
“That all processes leading to an early national convention in October be immediately activated by relevant party organs, especially the National Executive Committee.
“That the party should redouble efforts to provide credible alternative leadership for Nigeria as it still remains the only hope for the Nigerian people for good governance.
“The meeting requested the NEC to immediately constitute a zoning committee for party offices and another committee for national elective offices.
“The meeting expressed appreciation to party elders for their commitment and wisdom in handling party affairs.”
“Speaking on behalf of my colleagues, we have resolved, we are committed to remaining in the PDP. Disregard any rumour, every rumour that any of these distinguished leaders is going anywhere.”
“We are in the PDP. We are going to remain in the PDP and by the grace of God, who shall be working together to salvage Nigeria.”
The national chairman of the PDP, Prince Uche Secondus has been under increased pressure with demands for his resignation coming from various quarters.
Going by the decision of the party, he will remain chairman until the convention planned for October. THE MAKE OR MAR MEETING
The joint committees of the party’s board of trustees gathered at the party headquarters for the make or mar meeting on Tuesday.
It had been reported that PDP governors and stakeholders of the party met for several hours on Monday, after which they resumed.
The 13 state governors elected on the platform of the party, members of the national assembly, former ministers, former senate presidents, former governors, and other party stakeholders were present during the talks on Tuesday.
Speaking at the meeting, Wajil Jubrin, chairman, PDP board of trustees, said the presence of the governors is evidence that the party is committed to ending the crisis.
Jubrin advised party stakeholders to put aside personal interest and deliberate on the issues that will benefit the party.
Uche Secondus, national chairman of the PDP, said the party belongs to everyone and can reinvent itself at any point, adding that Nigerians are looking up to the PDP to succeed the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The stakeholders subsequently went into a closed-door session for about an hour — after which the rescheduled convention date was announced