PDP crisis Gana moves to reconcile Sheriff, others ahead of August 17 Convention

The Board chose Gana to lead a newly set-up 18-man committee to calm the storm currently rocking the party ahead of its August 17 National Convention.

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The Board of Trustees (BoT) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has given a former minister of information, Prof. Jerry Gana, a 7-day ultimatum to reconcile aggrieved members of the party.

The Board chose Gana to lead a newly set-up 18-man committee to calm the storm currently rocking the party ahead of its August 17 National Convention scheduled to hold in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

The BoT chairman, Senator Walid Jubrin, who inaugurated the committee, said the insinuation that the party is dead is a figment of some people's imagination.

He urged the committee, which was mandated to submit its report within seven days, to explore avenues of reaching out to all affected members and to adhere to the  party's constitutional provisions.

Jubrin said: "We decided to set up a special committee with a view to resolving the problem.

''With the calibre of the people we have chosen to represent the BoT, I am very optimistic that the end of this conflict has come and that we shall all come out smiling very soon, before our convention.

"We want us to agree that this our party will rely on its constitution and if we do, we must also agree that this party is supreme, this party is above everyone.

"It is above individuals and therefore we must all put our hands on deck to ensure that we resolve this matter politically.

"BoT is the conscience of this party and I think God will not forgive us if we sit down and do nothing; with court cases all over the place, about 15 of them.’’

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Speaking on behalf of the members of the committee, Gana said not all political matters should be resolved in the courts.

He appealed to the disputed National Chairman of the party, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff and his supporters to accept the olive branch extended to them by the committee.

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