The Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party has directed the Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led Caretaker Committee to disband the convention planning committee headed by the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike and also asked the committee to shift the venue of the party’s Convention from Port Harcourt to Abuja.
The move is to pander to factional Chairman, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, who has compalined about the undeu influence of Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike and given the relocation of the convention to Abuja as one of his conditions for peace.
Attempts to hold the convention in Rivers State has failed twice following court orders obtained by Sheriff.
The new directive, which will whittle down Wike’s influence in the convention plans, was contained in a communique issued by the BoT after a marathon meeting in Abuja on Monday.
The communique was signed by BoT Chairman, Walid Jubrin.
It ordered the Makarfi caretaker committee to set up of a new planning committee to be approved by the National Executive Committee of the party.
The BoT’s communique reads 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.”
The communique further stated that the BoT should facilitate fund raising for the running of the party and directed the reconciliation committee headed by a former Minister of Information, Prof. Jerry Gana, to continue with its reconciliation efforts.
The meeting ended with the BoT passing a vote of confidence on the Makarfi-led caretaker committee.
It charged the committee to convene a meeting of the NEC, with the view to approving proposals designed to steer the party away from crisis.