The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Ali Modu Sheriff, has announced the suspension of the party’s national convention scheduled to take place in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.
Sheriff, who addressed journalists at around 3pm, Saturday, at the Conference Room of the Le Meridien Hotel, Port Harcourt, said there were currently three court orders issued against the party convention.
“We want to be seen as a law-abiding party. We will ask the delegates to go home,” Sheriff said.
Thousands of PDP delegates gathered at the Port Harcourt Civic Centre are obviously unaware of the development.
Meanwhile, the faction led by a former Minister of Information, Jerry Gana, carried out its threat of conducting a parallel national convention.
Gana and other leading members of the party had announced the “removal” of Sheriff from the office, saying they had taken over the administration of the party.
The faction is currently holding its convention in Abuja attended by some of the founding fathers of the party including former Minister, Tunde Adeniran, former Deputy Senate president,Ibrahim Mantu, former presidential aide, Doyin Okupe, and former FCT Minister, Bala Mohammed, among others.
Mantu, who is chairing the Abuja convention, said the Abuja convention was a non-elective convention, citing a court ruling stopping the party from electing a new chairman, secretary and auditor.
Messrs Adeniran, Mantu and Gana are to provide leadership for the faction till its next convention, the group announced.