(PDP) will hold a fresh national
convention in Port Harcourt on
Aug.17, to elect a new executive,
Sen. Ahmed Makarfi, National
Caretaker Committee Chairman of
the party has said.
Makarfi spoke on Thursday in Abuja, while
addressing newsmen at the end of the party’s
national caucus meeting.
He also said that the party would amend its
constitution to address some of the reasons
why a Federal High Court, sitting in Abuja,
nullified the last amendment done by the
“We discussed some programmes leading to
the convention, meaning that the national
convention will hold on Aug. 17 in Port
Harcourt, where we will elect new national
executive officers of the party.
“We have also discussed and agreed on a new
amendment to the constitution in view of
recent court judgments in order to align the
constitution to the judgments that have been
delivered by court of competent jurisdiction,’’
On zoning, he said that the party has set aside
the previous zoning arrangement, adding that
within the next few days a committee will be
set up to arrived at a zoning formula.
Makarfi added that the meeting also received
reports on its reconciliation process, saying it
was now yielding positive impact, as Sen.
Buruji Kashamu had pledged his full support
for the committee.
“You can see by yourself, our brother, friend
and associate, Sen. Buruji Kashamu; that is
evidence of the reconciliation making
“I can assure you that we will never foreclose
full reconciliation with the disputed National
Chairman, Sen. Ali Modu Sheriff and another
person that may still be associated with him.
“What we want is an all inclusive PDP, an
equitable, fair and just system in the PDP.’’
He added that the party had also set up a
special reconciliation committee to be chaired
by Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu,
to further resolve the division within the PDP
in the South West.
Sen. Walid Jubrin, the Chairman of the PDP
Board of Trustees (BoT), who also spoke,
expressed joy on the return of Sen. Kashamu
to the main PDP fold.
Jubrin also said that they had been meeting
with Sen. Sheriff to ensure that the party’s
leadership crisis was resolved amicably.