The national convention of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) could not hold as scheduled on Wednesday in Port-Harcourt.
The convention venue was cordoned off by a combined team of policemen, soldiers, plain-clothed detectives and men of the NSCDC.
They claimed they were acting on a court order even though there were conflicting court orders on the convention.
When it was clear that the convention had been successfully aborted by the security men, leaders of the party met at a venue different from the one scheduled for the conventin to deliberate on the next line of action.
Bar and Bench Watch brings you the unedited resolutions of the PDP at the emergency meeting. Sit back and enjoy yourself.
The 2016 Repeat National Convention of our great Party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has just ended at the State Party Secretariat, Aba Road, Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
The Convention which was proposed to take place at the Sharks Stadium, Port Harcourt was shifted to the State Party Secretariat on Aba Road, due to security condone-off of the Venue by contingent of security agencies on the pretext of obeying the Interlocutory Order given by Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court, Abuja on Tuesday August 16, 2016 against holding the already convened National Convention.
The public is aware that our Party is law abiding and it’s acting in compliance with the Judgement of Justice Liman of the Federal High Court Seating here in Port Harcourt, which is in favour of all actions taken by the Party’s highest decision making Organ, the National Convention of May 21, 2016 held here inPort Harcourt, Rivers State. So far, there is no Judgement upturning it which of course, such must Come from the Court of Appeal. In addition, there is another existing Order from a Court of competent jurisdiction directing all concerned not to tamper with the Convention. Notwithstanding, the powers that be at the Federal level in conspiracy with the former National Chairman, Senator Sheriff and his co travelers carried out their act of legal and political disobedience with flagrant disregard to the tenets of democracy.
In view of these and other developments, the Party convened an emergency meeting of the National Executive Committee (NEC) at the Government House, Port Harcourt which was inaugurated by the Chairman of the National Caretaker Committee, H.E. Senator Ahmed Makarfi, CON and the Meeting took several decisions to reposition the Party.
Following the above, the National Convention held at the PDP State Secretariat on Aba Road in Port Harcourt. The Convention was presided over by the Chairman of the National Caretaker Committee, Sen Ahmed Makarfi, CON with all delegates in attendance which includes: PDP Governors, National Assembly members, the BOT members, other members of the Party nationwide and invited guests.
The Convention adopted the following resolutions:
- Postponed election of officers to various national offices of the Party.
- Extended the tenure of the National Caretaker Committee till another National Convention which is to be convened within the next 12 months.
- Approved the expansion of membership of the National Caretaker Committee from 7 to 13 members;
- Finally, the Repeat National Convention affirmed that all members of the National Caretaker Committee shall not contest or aspire for any national office in the next National Convention of the Party.
The Party wishes all delegates and other members journey mercies to their various destinations and urged members to continue working together with the National Caretaker Committee till a new National Convention holds in the next one year.
Long live the Peoples Democratic Party! Long live the Federal Republic of Nigeria!! Long live democracy!!!
Prince Dayo Adeyeye
Member, National Caretaker Committee