PDP eats humble pie, postpones convention, extends Makarfi’s tenure by 12 months

IMG-20160817-WA0033A faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) headed by Senator Ahmed Makarfi on Wednesday postponed, sine die, its national convention.

The party, however, extended the tenure of the Ahmed Makarfi caretaker committee by one year to enable it work round the clock to deliver a new executive for the party.

It was learnt Wednesday that a year extension was given to Makarfi’s committee to enable all pending suits regarding the leadership of the party resolved.

The implication, according to analysts, was that the legal battle for the soul of the party had just started.

The announcement for the postponement of the convention was made Wednesday at the party’s secretariat in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, by the convention planning committee Chairman, Nyesom Wike.

The decision followed the inability of the party to hold its repeat national convention in the Rivers State capital after a Federal High Court on Abuja stopped the convention.

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Police and soldiers on Wednesday had sealed the Sharks Stadium venue of the planned convention.

The National Executive Committee, NEC, later met at the Government House and decided to postpone the convention, which would have seen the election of new set of leaders for the party.