Despite the insistence by the embattled factional leader of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, that the Makarfi-led national caretaker committee be dissolved, the caretaker committee, Tuesday, named an 82 man zoning committee for the national convention of the party slated for August 17 in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.
The committee that has Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi and Governor Ibrahim Dankwambo of Gombe State as chairman and deputy chairman respectively, is saddled with the responsibility of zoning party offices.
According to a statement by Senator Abdul Ahmed Ningi, who is a member of the caretaker committee in charge of Organization and Mobilization,the zoning committee, which has the immediate past Governor of Benue State, Gabriel Suswam as Secretary, also has former governors of Kano State, Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau, Dr Babangida Aliyu (Niger), Liyel Imoke (Cross River), Idris Wada (Kogi), Peter Obi (Anambra), Ramalan Yero (Kaduna), Otunba Gbenga Daniel (Ogun), Boni Haruna (Adamawa) and Ibrahim Shema (Katsina) as members.
Also named as members of the committee are a former deputy senate president, Ibrahim Mantu; a former deputy speaker of the House of Representatives, Chief Emeka Ihedioha; a former FCT minister, Bala Mohammed; a former minister of interior, Abba Moro; Senators Enyinnaya Abaribe, Grace Bent, Effiong Bob, Lee Maeba, Danjuma Lar, Joshua Lidani, Philip Aduda and Amb. Umar Damaguma among many others.
It would be recalled that Sheriff had on Sunday insisted that the convention must be held in Abuja and that the Makarfi-led national caretaker committee must be dissolved for him (Sheriff) to preside over the convention.
By Timothy Enietan-Matthews
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