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PDP Chair Goes To Sheriff

SaharaReporters has learned that many prominent members of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) today refused to attend its meeting in Abuja.


Their anger was in response to the zoning of national offices in the party.

The zoning arrangement, announced today by the Chairman of the Zoning Committee, Akwa Ibom State Governor Udom Emmanuel, will return National Party Chair Ali Modu Sheriff into his position on May 21st.

May 21st is the scheduled date of the PDP National Convention in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

The  zoning arrangements are as follows:

i. National Chairman-North-East

ii. Deputy National Chairman-South-South

iii. National Secretary-South-West

iv. Deputy National Secretary-North-Central

v. National Legal Adviser-North-West

vi. Deputy National Legal Adviser-South-South

vii. National Treasurer-South-South

viii. Deputy National Treasurer-North-West

ix. National Financial Secretary-North-Central

x. Deputy National Financial Sec.-South-East

xi. National Woman Leader-North-West

xii. Deputy National Woman Leader-South-South

xiii. National Auditor-South-West

xiv. Deputy National Auditor-North-East

xv. National Publicity Secretary-South-West

xvi. Deputy National Publicity Sec.-North-Central

xvii. National Organizing Secretary-South-East

xviii. Deputy National Organizing Sec.-North-Central

xix. National Youth Leader-South- East

xix. Deputy National Youth Leader-North-West


The majority of members of the PDP Board of Trustees and and its other Party organs also refused to attend the NEC meeting. Mr. Sheriff claimed that he only learned about the meeting on Wednesday night.

By the Party's constitution, he's the one that calls for meetings.

Walid Jibrin, the acting Chairman of the BOT and its Secretary, was hurriedly drafted to the meeting.

He said it was sad that the Board was excluded from the meeting, but appealed to its members not to be angry.

He also regretted the non-holding of the meeting of the Board before the NEC meeting.

He said, "The exclusion of the BOT is not deliberate and I appeal to all members of the BOT that they should not take offence that there was no any meeting of the BOT. 

"We will have another meeting after this one.

"We are very aware of various meetings everywhere, I have decided that I will not attend any meeting apart from the properly organized meetings because we have to be very careful in the way we hold meetings this days. 

"Anyway, we have to use these meetings positively in a way that they will benefit the party.

"Many of us who are founding members of the PDP will not leave the PDP and the PDP will never die. We will continue to be in PDP whatever mistake is there we might be there to correct it and make our contribution. Leaving PDP is not the answer, I will like to appeal to everyone who intends to leave the PDP should stop that, we must unite and all work together in order to build PDP.

"Every party has its own problems and we should use our own problems positively. Am sure soon the whole problem in PDP will be resolved."