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PDP Crisis Eight members of dissolved NWC dump Ali Modu Sheriff, back Makarfi

In a joint statement, they said they have accepted the outcome of the party’s national convention in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, which dissolved their committee.

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Majority of the former members of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)have backed the party's new National Caretaker Committee headed by former Kaduna State governor, Senator Ahmed Makarfi.

Precisely eight out of the 12 members of the former NWC including the former Deputy National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus; Deputy National Secretary, Mr. Onwe Solomon; National Legal Adviser, Mr. Victor Kwon and the National Woman Leader, Dr. Kema Chikwe.

Others are National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, National Youth Leader, Abdullahi Maibasira; National Financial Secretary, Bolaji Anani and the National Treasurer, Alhaji Buhari Bala.

In a statement the eight of them jointly signed, they said they have accepted the outcome of the party’s national convention held in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, which dissolved their committee.

According to them, they resolved to support the Makarfi-led National Caretaker Committee to steer the affairs of the party.

“The National caretaker committee constituted by the national convention on May 21, 2016, is fully within the powers of the national convention under section 33 (5) (e) of the party’s constitution," the statement said.

“We recognise the Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led national caretaker committee of the PDP and offer the committee all our support and cooperation.

“As responsible and honourable party members who have had the privilege of serving the party at the highest level, we don’t support and are not party to any suit, action or activity seeking to challenge the decisions of the national convention in appointing the national caretaker committee or dissolving the former NWC, which‎ had, at any rate, earlier agreed to go.

“In the absence of the then national chairman ‎of the party, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, the then deputy national chairman of the party, Prince Uche Secondus, presided over the convention in accordance with section 33 (1) (a), 35 (3) (b) of the constitution of the party.”

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However, the trio of the ousted PDP National Chairman, Ali Modu Sheriff, the National Secretary, Prof. Wale Oladipo, and the National Auditor, Alhaji Fatai Adeyanju have dragged the party to court, contesting their removal from office.

It is however not clear why the National Organising Secretary, Alhaji Mustapha Abubakar, did not go along with the Secondus' caucus given that he is from Kaduna State like Makarfi.

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