•••declares stance against impunity, promise sanity
By Gabriel Ewepu
AS the dust gradually settles down in the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, over chairmanship tussle, the PDP Rescue Group, has insisted that the tenure of the party’s National Chairman, Ali Modu Sheriff, and other National Working Committee, NWC, members expires on March 28, 2016.
The group, therefore, called on the NWC to commence programme leading to the party’s congresses and the National Convention.
This was contained in a statement signed by the chairman of the PDP Rescue Group, Amb. Wilberforce Juta, where the group said it will not rest until sanity is restored back to the party.
The Juta-led group stated that the NWC’s tenure will end by March 26, 2016, and that no authority has the power under the PDP Constitution to extend the tenure of any official or organ of the party.
The statement reads in part: “Although a joint meeting of representatives of the Board of Trustees, the National Working Committee, the National Assembly Caucus and the PDP Governors’ Forum had offered a compromise to the current crisis, we affirm that no authority has the power under the PDP Constitution to extend the tenure of any official or organ of the party. The tenure of the current National Executive Committee, NWC, will expire on 28th March 2016. We expect all leaders and organ to abide by that.
“Congresses and the National Convention to elect new party leaders at all levels can be conducted in the month of March, 2016. Friday 26th February, 2016 marks the third day in line with the seven days ultimatum handed down by the National Caucus to the NWC to produce a programme leading to the party Congresses and the National Convention.”
The PDP Rescue Group, who are made up of majorly former ministers who had served under the party in the last 16 years, maintained its stand against impunity and resolve to stamp it out based on keeping the dream of the party’s founding fathers alive.