Jerry Gana Group Urges Shift in National Convention Date


* Adamawa congress committee narrates ordeal

Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja

Opposition against the May 21 national convention of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) gained more grounds on Thursday with a group under the aegis of PDP Northern Elders Forum joining in the call for a postponement of the event.

Another group known as Concerned Leaders of the PDP including former Niger state governor, Dr. Muazu Babangida Aliyu, and former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Bala Mohammed, have asked the party leadership to postpone the convention to avert crisis.

But toeing a similar line the Northern Elders group led by former Minister of Information, Professor Jerry Gana, which met in Abuja late Wednesday night, said the postponement would allow for reconciliation of aggrieved members.

In their position read out after a meeting held Wednesday night Abuja, Gana’s group insisted that the present members of the National Working Committee (NWC) should vacate their officers on May 21.

It decried the level of impunity and imposition in PDP, noting that for the party to return to the vision of its original founders it must e purge itself of these vices.
The North Elders Forum also picked holes in the proposed constitutional amendment, noting that it violates the PDP constitution.

‎The PDP National Executive Committee (NEC) is to meet again next Wednesday to debate the proposed constitutional amendment.

Some members of the Forum who attended the meeting were former Deputy President of the Senate, Senate Ibrahim Mantu‎, former Minister of Police Affairs, Alhaji Waziri Maina, Babangida Aliyu, former presidential aide, Ahmed Gulak among others.

Meanwhile, the members of the PDP congress and appeal committees that organized last weekend’s botched ward congress election in Adamawa state has given account of their ugly experience in the hands of party officials and thugs who prevented from carrying out their assignment.

Addressing journalist at the National secretariat of the PDP, a member of the Appeal Dommittee, Mr. Moses Ibiyemi alleged that key officers of the state executive of the party ordered thugs to surround their hotel and literarily force them to sign a ready-made report.