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Convention: PDP sinks deeper into division, as Sheriff cancels P’Harcourt election

PDP crisis: Sheriff ready to step down, but has issues with Fayose, Wike

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Saturday sank further into division as the two factions within the party planned for separate conventions in Port Harcourt and Abuja.

Ripples Nigeria gathered, that PDP governors at the Port Harcourt convention are pushing for Sheriff to step aside for a former Governor of Kaduna State, Sen. Ahmed Makarfi to step in as the party’s caretaker national chairman.

A former Anambra governor, Peter Obi, was also put forward as interim secretary of the party.

This did not go down well with national chairman of the party, Ali Modu Sheriff who announced a postponement of the exercise, after delegates had gathered at the sharks Stadium in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.

He said the cancellation was in respect of the Federal High Court order restraining INEC from observing elections into certain offices in the party executive.

He therefore asked delegates to go home, that a new date would be communicated to them in due course.


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On their part, the Gana group, under the name, Concerned PDP Stakeholders, concluded its non-elective convention with a resolution to conduct an elective one soon.

The faction decided on a non-elective convention also because of the order of the court stopping election into some offices.

Those who spoke at the Abuja event accused the Sheriff camp of imposition, impunity and that they lack integrity.

Some of those present at the Abuja convention included a former Deputy Senate President, Ibrahim Mantu, former
minister of the federal capital territory (FCT), and Doyin Okupe, former aide to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan.

The Gana faction is comprised of those who are averse to the emergence of Alhaji Ali Modu Sheriff as the national chairman of the party.

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