The crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party took another dimension in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, on Saturday afternoon as its National Chairman, Sen. Ali Modu Sheriff, unilaterally cancelled the national convention of the party in the state.
The National officers of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has been dissolved.
The dissolution followed a motion by former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Austin Opara and seconded by also former Deputy Speaker Emeka Ihedioha.
Also, the zoning policy of the party was yesterday, set aside, following a motion moved by former Governor of Niger State, Dr Babaginda Aliu, supported by Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa.
Delegates at the party’s National Convention the 2019 Presidential election to the North.
The removal of the national officers set the stage for the constitution a seven-member Caretaker Committee of
The party and the motion was moved by former Governor of Akwa Ibom State, and the Senate Minority Leader, Senator Godswill Akpabio and supported by the governor of Gombe State.
According to him, the committee would manage the affairs of party for a period not exceeding 90 days, pending when the national convention will be held.
The high point was the nomination of Senator Ahmed Makarfi from Kaduna State, as the Chairman of the national Caretaker Committee chairman.
Secretary of the Committee is Senator Ben Obi from Anambra State. Other members of the committee are Senator Obasie Odion , Abdul Nengi, Godwin Usman, Prince Bayo Odayemi and Isha Adeya.
It was also agreed the committee should remain and not temper with congresses already held in the state, but that the states that their convention was cancelled could be handled by them.
The newly appointed caretaker Committee Chairman, Makarfi, in his acceptance speech, acknowledged the challenge they were appointed on trust, stating that none of them appointed would be seeking for any office.
He promised to build the party and bring about peace, according to him, as committed members of the party they will stair the party to success.
The oath of office was administered by Barrister Emma Okah, a Cabinet Commissioner in Rivers State as the Convention was brought to a close at about 5: 30 pm