The national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has cancelled the ward congresses of Lagos, Oyo and Cross River states conducted on November 1, 2014.
It was learnt that the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party took the decision to cancel the congresses at a meeting in Abuja on Thursday.
The congresses had produced three ad-hoc delegates but its conduct had been fraught with controversies as some party members had outrightly rejected the outcomes.
The National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Chief Olisa Metuh, confirmed the cancellation to our reporter on Thursday without giving any explanation for the action.
However, he disclosed that the exercise would be repeated in the affected states at a date yet to be determined.
“I am giving you official confirmation but we will address a press conference on it tomorrow (today),” he said.
Meanwhile, there was spontaneous outrage among most stakeholders of the PDP in Lagos State, on Thursday, following news of the cancellation of the recent ward congress of the party in the state.
Most of the leaders expressed anger for the cancellation which was said to have been one of the key resolutions of a meeting of the NCW of the party, held in Abuja on Thursday.
A member of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the PDP, who confirmed the decision of the NWC on the outcome of the ward congress to a national leader of the PDP, however declined further comments on the development.
The NCW has, in the meantime, fixed next Monday, November 24 for a fresh congress in the 245 wards in the state and to be supervised by a new team of party officials to be appointed by the PDP national headquarters.
Some of the Lagos PDP leaders that spoke with our correspondent, on Thursday, believed that certain elements within the top hierarchy of the party may have colluded with a few desperate politicians from Lagos PDP to mastermind the cancellation.
The development was interpreted in some camps within the state chapter as part of a grand plot by some fifth columnist to undermine the chances of the party and President Goodluck Jonathan in next February elections.
Feelers indicated that a couple of the leaders made frantic efforts to get further clarifications from Abuja on the action of the NWC on the initial ward congress, just as they began preliminary arrangements for the proposed fresh congress on Monday.
Some of the leaders were said to have summoned emergency meetings of elders of the party at different levels to decide on how to respond appropriately to the cancellation proper.
On Monday this week, the Lagos PDP began the screening of aspirants for different elective offices who obtained nomination forms, but the current development will compel the party to suspend the exercise.
The PDP national headquarters had inaugurated the Ambassador Obed Wadzani-led ward congress electoral committee for Lagos for the purpose of conducting the election of three adhoc delegates for Lagos State.
A number of state chapters of the PDP have been enmeshed in feud over the outcome of the ward and local government congresses.
Some members of the National Assembly, especially senators elected on the PDP ticket had drawn the battle with governors elected on the party’s platform.
The lawmakers accused the governors, most of whom are nursing senatorial ambition, of manipulating the congresses to favour themselves and cronies.