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PDP Convention: BoT sacks Wike, places embargo on Port Harcourt

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The Board of Trustees, BoT, of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has sacked the national convention planning committee headed by the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike.

The BoT, also on Monday, after their meeting that lasted for about five hours, said the party would not go back to Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, for its national convention again.

The board, which passed a vote of confidence on the Ahmed Makarfi led National Caretaker Committee, also directed it to appoint a new convention committee and hold the next national convention in Abuja.

It would be recalled that Governor Wike had chaired the planning committee of the two botched conventions of the party scheduled for Port Harcourt.

The two conventions were planned to be used to elect new national officers for the party. However the planned election of party officers was scuttled by its factional chairman, Ali Modu Sheriff, who is locked in a leadership battle with the Makarfi led caretaker committee.

Chairman of the BoT, Senator Walid Jibrin, read the Communiqué issued at the end of the meeting.

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The communique read in part: “The next convention should be held in Abuja.

“To ensure a credible, transparent, free and fair convention, a new Convention Planning Committee should be constituted by the National Caretaker Committee and approved by NEC.”

It would be recalled that Sheriff had made the sacking of Wike and holding the party’s national convention in Abuja as some of his conditions for peace in the party.

The Professor Jerry Gana reconciliation committee, put in place by the BoT, was said to have agreed to them in their recommendations.

By Timothy Enietan-Matthews

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