News reports from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) reveals that the party may on Saturday hold two separate National Conventions in Port Harcourt and Abuja respectively.
Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, the national chairman of the party and his loyalists will be holding its convention in Port Harcourt, Rivers State while another faction, headed by a former Minister of Information, Prof. Jerry Gana, will hold its own in Abuja.
The pro-Sheriff convention is backed by the party’s governors, its National Assembly caucus and a faction of the Board of Trustees led by Senator Walid Jibrin while the Gana group, under the aegis of Concerned PDP Stakeholders, inaugurated its 56-members steering committee to conduct its convention and pilot the affairs of the party afterwards.
Members of the group include Prof. Tunde Adeniran, Hajia Inna Ciroma, Ambassador Wilberforce Juta, Alhaji Ibrahim Bunu, Alhaji Adamu Maina Waziri, Senator Bala Mohammed, Taminu Turaki, Dr. Doyin Okupe and Remi Adiukwu.
Also in the group are Josephine Anenih, Chief Ojo Maduekwe, Prof. ABC Nwosu, Senator Ben Obi, John Odey, Prof. Sam Oyovbaire, Senator Florence Ita-Giwa, Alhaji Shittu Mohammed Kabiru, Senator Grace Bent and Senator Anietie Okon.
A group of former PDP governors, also named as members, are Chief Lucky Igbinedion, Bonnie Haruna, Alhaji Ibrahim Shema, Donald Duke, Alhaji Attahiru Bafarawa, Alhaji Mahmood Shinkafi, Alhaji Abdulkadir Kure, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, Chief Achike Udenwa, Dr. Babangida Aliyu, Otunba Gbenga Daniel and a former PDP National Chairman, Dr. Okwesilieze Nwodo.
At a meeting of the party’s National Executive Committee, Walid said he met with the Gana group urging them to drop plans for a parallel convention.