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Ali Modu Sheriff 'Vacate office on May 21,' Northern PDP elders tell Chairman, other executives

The group, called "Northern Elders," also called for the postponement of the party’s national convention scheduled to hold Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

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Elders of the Peoples Democratic Party in the north, have asked the National Chairman of the party, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff and other members of the party’s National Working Committee to vacate office on May 21, 2016, the date slated for the party's convention.

The group, called "Northern Elders Forum," also called for the postponement of the party’s national convention scheduled to hold Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

At meeting a meeting of the group, led by former Minister of Information, Prof. Jerry Gana, in Abuja on Wednesday, May 4, it said the postponement is necessary in order to carry our reconciliation among aggrieved members.

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

Gana condemned what he described as the level of impunity and imposition in the party, noting that for the PDP to return to the vision of its original founders it must  purge itself of these vices.

The Elders also faulted the proposed constitutional amendment, noting that it violated the PDP constitution.

The PDP National Executive Committee is meeting next Wednesday to debate on the proposed constitutional amendment, report said.

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Since assuming office as chairman, Sheriff had proposed various amendment into the party’s constitution, including a clause into the activities of the Board of Trustees of the party which forbids its members from meeting without the knowledge of the national chairman.

Roll call at the meeting include; former Deputy President of the Senate, Senate Ibrahim Mantu‎, a former Minister of Police Affairs, Alhaji Waziri Maina; former governor  Aliyu; a former presidential aide, Ahmed Gulak among others.

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