The National Convention of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Saturday dissolved its National Executive Council, National Working Committee (NWC). It has now set up a seven-man Caretaker Committee.
The motion to dissolve the party’s NEC and NWC was moved by Mr Austin Opara, a former Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives and seconded by Mr Emeka Ihedioha, also a former Deputy Speaker of the house.
The convention also approved another motion to set aside decisions taken by the NWC and zoning of its presidential candidate for 2019 election to the north. The motion was moved by Dr Babangida Aliyu, a former governor of Niger and seconded by Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta.
The seven-man caretaker committee constituted is to be headed by Sen. Ahmed Makarfi, a former governor of Kaduna State. Sen. Ben Obi was appointed as its secretary.
The committee was given three months to organise a new National Convention to elect new national officers. However, the committee members were barred from contesting any position in the next convention.
Makarfi gave his acceptance speech, saying he was taking up the responsibility for the unity of the party and progress of the country.
“I humbly accept this challenge and I do so, on behalf of other members of the committee. Other members of the committee were nominated on trust,” he said.
“I assure you, you will have no cause to worry. None of us is seeking for any office.
“We are here to serve and bring unity to our party. I call on all aggrieved party men and women to give us a chance to rebuild our party to give hope to Nigeria and black race,” Makarfi said.