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PDP Crisis: NASS caucus sets up 12- man committee

PDP Senate Minority Leader, Godwill Akpabio

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) federal lawmakers, on Monday, set up a 12- man committee to unite the party ahead of its national convention this Saturday in Port- Harcourt.

PDP senators and House of Representatives members met for several hours at the House of Representatives wing of the National Assembly.

They explained that the committee was necessary in the face of discordant tunes within the party trailing its forthcoming national convention.

The Senate Minority Leader, Godwill Akpabio briefed the press on behalf of the caucus.

According to him, the 12- man reconciliation committee has been mandated to, within the next 48 hours, bring all the warring groups within the party together before the convention.

He said: “We had a peaceful meeting here, certain decisions were taken and as the Minority Leader has told you, we took a lot of key decisions.

“One of the things we decided on is that we cannot go into a national convention that is rancorous. 

“And so we have set up a twelve-man committee to meet with the various factions and interest groups in our party within the next 48 hours to iron out all the grey areas. 

“We are meeting with our governors tonight. 

“We will meet with the board of trustees, and other stakeholders under the auspices of Concerned PDP Stakeholder.  

“I believe strongly that in the next 48 hours, the entire PDP family will be united and by Thursday/Friday, we will be headed to Port-Harcourt, with songs of joy, with bands and you will be impressed that, indeed, the party is back on track.  

“And as far as the National Assembly is concerned, the Senate and the House of Representatives are one and we were able to arrive to amicable solutions as far as reconciling the party”

He stated further that as a way of allowing peace to reign within the party at the national convention, only statutory delegates would be allowed to vote at the convention from all the six states that have not done their congresses.

“We congratulate the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party for the congresses done in various states of the federation.

“It was only in six states that congresses were not held and we agreed that for such states only statutory delegates will be allowed to exercise their franchise”, he added.

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