The opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) seems to be sinking deeper into crisis, with its ranks splitting further by the day, as a faction within the party has scheduled a parallel national convention to pick its executive officers.
The faction composed of former governors and former ministers amongst others has scheduled May 21, for its own convention to hold in Abuja.
This is against the earlier announcement by the party that it would hold its national convention on the same day in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.
It was gathered that a former minister of information, Prof. Jerry Gana has been picked as national coordinator for the factional convention committee.
Reports say the faction planning the parallel convention met at Daar Communications in Abuja on Tuesday where they took the decision.
The Abuja convention is being planned by a group known as The Concerned PDP Stakeholders, which is made up of 12 other groups within the party.
These are the PDP Former Governors’ Forum, the Northern Elders’ Forum, the Concerned PDP Elders, the PDP Think Tank, the PDP former Ministers’ Forum, the PDP Reform Group, the PDP Patriotic Movement, the South-West PDP SSGs Group, the PDP National Vanguard, the PDP Youth Democratic Movement and the PDP National Rebirth Group.
Those at the meeting included former ministers, former governors, former members of the National Assembly and former presidential aides.
A former presidential spokesman, Dr. Doyin Okupe; a former Minister of National Planning, Dr. Abubakar Suleiman; a former President of the Senate, Ibrahim Mantu; Prof. Gana, and a former governor of Imo State, Chief Achike Udenwa were said to have attended the meeting.
Others were a former Minister of Police Affairs, Maina Waziri; a former Chairman of Abuja Municipal Area Council, Mrs. Esther Audu; a former Minister of Special Duties, Tanimu Turaki (SAN), and Mrs. Adiukwu Bakare.
There are 12 former governors in the group, who have been joined by 14 former PDP ministers.
It was also gathered that contact committees and state coordinators were also appointed, and that the convention would be attended by delegates from the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory.
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