By Henry Umoru
ABUJA â€” ONE of the factional Chairmen of the Progressive Peoples Alliance (PPA), Lisa Olu Akerele, yesterday described the proposed National Convention for Saturday as illegal and unconstitutional.
In a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja yesterday, Akerele noted that it was scheduled by a â€œgroup loyal to the suspended Board of Trustees (BOT) Chairman, Chief Orji Uzor Kalu. The business of the convention as proposed for deliberation by Kalu loyalists did not meet the constitutional requirements of the PPA and as such the planned meeting was illegal,” adding that it will be held in vain if allowed to progress.
Akerele who noted that PPA Constitution was explicit in its provisions concerning the National Convention of the party, particularly where a special convention which intends to amend the Constitution as well as elect officers was contemplated, maintained that apart from the statutory delegates who are Executive Committee members of the party at the different levels, Article 9, Section 22(j) specifically provides for a delegate each from the countryâ€™s 774 local government areas.
He said to elect local government delegates, special ward and local government congresses ought to have been held, maintaining that such congresses had not been convened by those who propose the October 3 National Convention.