The Sen Ahmed Makarfi-led Caretaker Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has dismissed reports that its planned National Convention has been postponed.
The committee was recently sacked by Justice Okon Abang-led Federal High Court sitting in Abuja.
Abang had ruled that the Caretaker committee had no powers to conduct any activity on behalf of the party because it was illegally inaugurated. However, reports recently filtered the air, saying the opposition party had postponed the convention.
But reacting to the rummour, the spokesman of the faction, Dayo Adeyeye in a statement, maintained that the August 17 date for the convention was sacrosanct.
“For the umpteenth time, we reiterate there is no change to the August 17, 2016 Date slated for the PDP National Convention holding in Port Harcourt, Rivers State as approved by the Expanded Caucus of the Party in compliance with the Decision of the National Convention that reconvened itself within Ninety (90) Days. “You will recall that the May 21st, 2016 National Convention in Port Harcourt that constituted the PDP National Caretaker Committee mandated it to organize and conduct another National Convention within 90 days from the Date of the last Convention. Therefore, the National Caretaker Committee has no power to extend the mandate given to it by the Port Harcourt National Convention and will not do so.”
The committee also said it “wishes to advise all stakeholders and the general public to ignore all rumours regarding the purported postponement of the forthcoming National Convention in Port Harcourt, Rivers State declaring that August 17, 2016 Date for the National Convention is sacrosanct and will hold as scheduled.”