PDP under pressure to postpone May 21 national convention

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By Ahmed Abubakar

Postponement of the May 21 national convention of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) may be inevitable as aggrieved members have insisted on the rescheduling of the proposed meeting with the Northern Elders Forum adding its voice.

The group led by a former Minister of Information, Professor Jerry Gana, which met in Abuja late Wednesday night, said the postponement would aid reconciliation by aggrieved members.

Concerned PDP Leaders led by former Niger State Governor, Dr. Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu, had earlier called for the postponement of the convention due to observed flaws in the ongoing congresses across states.

The Gana’s group, however, insisted that the present members of the National Working Committee (NWC) should vacate their officers on May 21.

It decried the level of impunity and imposition in PDP, noting that for the party to return to the vision of its original founders it must purge itself of these vices.

The Northern Elders Forum also picked holes in the proposed constitutional amendment, noting that it violates the PDP constitution.

The PDP National Executive Committee (NEC) is to meet again next Wednesday to debate the proposed constitutional amendment.

Some members of the forum who attended the meeting were former Deputy President of the Senate, Ibrahim Mantu, former Minister of Police Affairs, Alhaji Waziri Maina, Babangida Aliyu, former presidential aide, Ahmed Gulak, among others.

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