3 Factions Emerge in PDP, as Crisis Deepens

National chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Ali Modu Sheriff on Saturday announced the suspension of the party’s national  convention slated for today (Saturday) in Port Harcourt. He said the party did so in obedience to numerous court orders.

Another faction of the party was also holding its convention in Abuja on Saturday. INEC had disowned the Abuja faction. But, at the end, it appointed Senator Ibrahim Mantu its new chairman.

However, other reports from Port Harcourt say the party had removed Sheriff as chairman and dissolved the NEC. The gladiators thereafter appointed Ahmed Makarfi interim chairman.

There are now three PDP factions led by Ahmed Makarfi, Ali Modu Sheriff and Ibrahim Mantu. The question being asked is: will the torn umbrella  be stitched together again?

Sheriff said: “Members of the National Working Committee and I have been working since morning. We are confronted with a lot of challenges. The challenges are court cases and, taking into account the decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) not to supervise the election into the office of chairman, secretary and auditor…Based on the order of the court and on the account that our party is responsible and law-abiding with high respect for the judiciary and courts, we do hereby state and put off the national convention.” He said the convention would be held when all court cases were resolved and urged  all delegates to return to their various states until then.

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