The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has fixed it’s non-elective national convention for Aug. 12, in Abuja.
Dayo Adeyeye, the National Publicity Secretary of PDP National Caretaker Committee, announced the decision after the NEC meeting held on Tuesday in Abuja.
Adeyeye said the decision was to enable the party to meet the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) requirement on national conventions of political parties.
“We have been in court since May 2016. So, the prolonged litigation of the national leadership tussle ended only last week on July 1 when the Supreme Court gave judgement in favour of the National Caretaker Committee.
“This left barely one month for the conduct of proper elective national convention.’’
“ Practically, it is going to be impossible to have an elective national convention before Aug. 16 because we need to give certain statutory notices to INEC.
“And our own (constitution) has some special provisions that we have to meet and there’s no time to meet up with those provisions.
“Therefore, NEC took a decision that in view of all the circumstances, NEC invoking the powers conferred on it under Section 31 (2a), decided to convene non-elective national convention on Aug. 12 in Abuja,’’ Adeyeye said.
He said NEC also dissolved the party’s caretaker committees in Jigawa and Benue states, set up by the former Chairman of PDP, Ali Modu Sheriff, during the leadership tussle.
“ You will recall that immediately after the Court of Appeal judgment on the 17th of February and March in Port Harcourt, which gave our victory to Sheriff, he went about installing caretaker committees in some, states, particularly in Jigawa and Benue States.
“The Ali Modu-Sheriff group then in authority set up caretaker committees in both Jigawa and Benue states and tinkered with the executives of some other states.
“So, we brought a motion before NEC today and the motion was duly passed.
“That is bringing normalcy back to the party, installing legality and constitutionality.’’