The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Ali Modu Sheriff is said to be moving towards changing the constitution of the opposition party to favour his ambition.
Sheriff’s goal is to contest the chairmanship of the party at the national convention of the PDP on May 21, however, many party chieftains are opposed to his candidacy.
Some of these chieftains have even threatened to dump the PDP should Sheriff be allowed to continue as Chairman at the detriment of the South-West, which should ordinarily produce a candidate for the position.
In order to have his way by all means, Sheriff has proposed an amendment to the party’s constitution, whereby he added a clause that any organ of the party would need to consult him before it could call for any meeting.
Prior to the amendment, the Board of Trustees of the party did not need the Chairman’s permission to hold its meeting.
The proposed amendment says that: “The BoT shall meet at the instance of the Chairman in consultation with the national chairman of the party or at the request of half of the members of the Board or following a resolution of the Board or the NEC request for such a meeting.”
However, the current constitution of the party states that: “The Board of Trustees shall meet at the instance of the chairman or at the request of half of the members of the board or following a resolution of the board or the national executive committee requesting for such a meeting.”