Breaking: C’River PDP: NWC Directs National Secretary To Withdraw List Submitted To INEC
…to substitute harmonised list within 7 days
… appoints Gov Okowa, Sen David Mark, Ibrahim Shema to mediate
…ratifies 30 days tenure extension for caretaker committee
By Ebriku John Friday
After hours of a protracted meeting of members of the Prince Uche Secondus-led National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Abuja, the NWC have directed the National Secretary of the party, Senator Umar Ibrahim Tsauri, to withdraw the list of delegates of Cross River State earlier submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The delegates list, which has been a bone of contention since March has pitched the Governor Ben Ayade camp and the members of the National Assembly.
It was gathered from an insider who was privy to the decisions of the party after the meeting that the NWC also mandated the national secretary to substitute the withdrawn delegates list from INEC with a harmonised one within seven days.
It was further gathered that the party leadership also constituted a three-man mediation committee to be headed by Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa. Other members are former Senate President, Senator David Mark and former Katsina State Governor, Alhaji Ibrahim Shema.
The PDP leadership also formally ratified the one month tenure extension for the party’s 14-member caretaker committee in the state chaired by Ntufam Edwin Edim.
Reactions from stakeholders in the both camps in the days ahead will be a clear pointer to whether truce and calm has returned following these resolutions of the national leadership of the party.
It would be recalled that the Congress for the state earlier scheduled for August 8, 2020 was postponed to August 15, 2020 to pave the way for reconciliation and chart the way forward for the party in the state.
It was gathered that with the new twist that led to the formal extension of tenure of the Ntufam Edim-led caretaker committee, the congress has been postponed indefinitely so that a wholistic reconciliation, realignment and harmonisation will be exhausted in the best interest of all stakeholders and forward march of the party in the state.
The party will have to put it’s house in oder for the forthcoming Cross River North Senatorial by-election already scheduled for October 31, 2020 by the INEC. And the party must in a month time conclude with whether to pick the party’s flagbearer through statutory delegates or the yet to be published harmonised list.
One defining action so far was that, the various stakeholders have all agreed that the Governor is the leader of the party. But time shall tell how this whole political drama ends.