N/Assem­bly to re-trans­mit amended con­sti­tu­tion to FG – Dog­ara

Daily Trust - - FRONT PAGE - By Saawua Terzungwe

The Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party (PDP) is di­vided over ag­i­ta­tion by top politi­cians in the North-east to fill the va­cancy cre­ated by Al­haji Adamu Mu’azu, a for­mer na­tional chair­man of the party.

Mu’azu re­signed on May 20, fol­low­ing pres­sure that he led the party to a hu­mil­i­at­ing de­feat in the last gen­eral elec­tions when his ten­ure had not ex­pired.

Ac­cord­ing to the pro­vi­sions of PDP con­sti­tu­tion, he was sup­posed to be re­placed by some­one from the North-east.

Ad­dress­ing news­men at the end of the 67th Na­tional Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee (NEC) meet­ing of the party, PDP na­tional pub­lic­ity sec­re­tary, Chief Olisa Me­tuh said the party lead­ers had di­ver­gent views on the is­sue, stress­ing that the NWC would li­aise with the party lead­er­ship in the North­east to re-con­sider the is­sue.

“The NEC did not dis­cuss the is­sue of Mu’azu’s re­place­ment but there is a kind of sub­tle un­der­stand­ing that the NWC will work with the North-east in that re­gard. Some mem­bers raised the is­sue but oth­ers did not key into it same way,” he said.

Me­tuh also said NEC adopted the rec­om­men­da­tions of the Post Elec­tion Re­view Com­mit­tee headed by the Deputy Se­nate Pres­i­dent Ike Ek­w­ere­madu with amend­ments and ap­proved the rec­om­men­da­tion that the party should seek its 2019 pres­i­den­tial can­di­date from the north of Nige­ria to en­hance its elec­toral chances.

PDP act­ing na­tional chair­man Prince Uche Se­con­dus said the party has prac­ti­cally two months to go into another round of Con­gresses and Na­tional Con­ven­tion to elect a new set of lead­ers adding that there would be reg­u­lar NEC meet­ing to dis­cuss and ap­prove the pro­grammes and frame­work for the ex­er­cise.

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