Former Governor of Borno State, Ali Modu Sheriff remains resolute about his hold over the chairmanship of the main opposition party in Nigeria, PDP, in the face of overwhelming resistance.
The PDP National Convention is a Big Joke – Ali Modu Sheriff

The factional Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Sen. Ali Modu Sheriff has laughed off the botched PDP convention which was scheduled for yesterday, 17th of August, 2016, and has described as a mere joke, according to ChannelsTV.

According to Sheriff, the National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of the PDP which extended the tenure of the Sen. Ahmed Makarfi-led Caretaker Committee by one year lacks the legal rights to wield such power without consideration of his post as the national leader of the party.He said, the said meeting was in breach of Section 31 (4) of the PDP Constitution, which makes the National Chairman the sole authority with a mandate to convene the NEC.

Sheriff said INEC has not been put on the mandatory three weeks’ notice, neither has he as Chairman been put on one week notice, even if it was an emergency.

He also called on members of PDP to disregard everything that may have taken place in Port Harcourt, as everything purported to have been done was in gross violation of a court order.

He further maintained that the Caretaker Committee does not exist in law, therefore, “Makarfi should stop parading himself as a PDP official”.

The PDP extended the tenure of the Ahmed Makarfi-led caretaker committee for one year after a vote of confidence was passed by national delegates at the party’s secretariat in Port Harcourt, the River State capital.

The Nigerian Police had cordoned off the venue of the planned National Convention citing the ruling of a Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday barring the PDP from holding the convention.

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