The leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) which has been plagued by internal crisis has postponed its Board of Trustees and the National Executive Committee meetings earlier planned for January 7 and 8.
The BoT meeting will now hold on January 15, while the NEC meeting will hold on January 16 at the PDP National Secretariat. The National Caucus meeting of the party has also been slated for January 14.
“The PDP Board of Trustees meeting earlier scheduled for Tuesday, 7th January 2014 has been rescheduled to Wednesday, 15th January, 2014 at the same venue and time. Members are requested to note the change in date. All inconveniences are regretted, please.” The Secretary of PDP BoT, Senator Walid Jibril confirmed the party’s decision.
The shift was aimed at providing enough time for the party’s leadership to appease those planning to use the opportunity of the meeting to bring their grievances to the fore and push for the removal of the National Chairman, Bamanga Tukur, who has been accused of highhandedness in the running the affairs of the party.
And reports has it that the shift was to enable members of the National Assembly who are on break to resume and President Goodluck Jonathan approved postponement.
The party, had seen five of its governors decamped to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The crisis in the party snowballed into a huge conflagration recently following a bitter exchange of letters between its former board chairman, former President Olusegun Obasanjo, and President Jonathan over the running of the affairs of the party and the state of the nation.
Since the August incident, there had been pressure on the leadership of the party to summon an emergency meeting of the National Executive Committee (NEC) to address the crisis bedeviling the party.
The executive committee meeting of the party, it was gathered, would have taken place in the third week of December, but was shelved due to unspecified reasons.
Though the agenda of the meeting now slated for mid-January has not been released, it was gathered that the defection of the five governors – Governors Rabiu Kwankwanso (Kano), Aliyu Wamakko (Sokoto), Murtlala Nyako (Adamawa), Ahmed Abdulfatah (Kwara) and Chibuike Amaechi (Rivers), and 37 House of Representatives members would top the agenda.
The party had threatened to make the defected lawmakers to lose their seats through judicial intervention.
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