The National Publicity Secretary of People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Olisa Metuh, has said that the suspension of its proposed national conference was to accommodate all interests within the party.
Metuh, who stated this on Thursday in Abuja while briefing newsmen on the development, explained that the party’s leadership received a letter from Prof. Jerry Gana’s committee on the proposed conference.
According to him, the National Working Committee (NWC) which received the proposal supported it but decided to postpone it so as to accommodate all interests at the conference.
Metuh said: “We felt that if we are going to do it, all interests will be accommodated in terms of the leadership of the National Assembly and the Governors’ Forum.
“We will take nominees from state Houses of Assembly, nominees of youth leaders and the youth forum because we want the party to go back to the youths because we want the youths to be involved in whatever we are doing.
“Immediately the advertisement was aired, the NWC was bombarded with lots of complaints saying that why should we spread the membership of the committee to include some of those who have left the party.
“They also complained about why we should exclude a lot of people whom they felt should have been involved and not those who walked out on this party.’’
The PDP National Publicity Secretary further explained that the NWC also deemed it necessary to postpone the conference pending next week’s receipt of Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu’s Committee report on reconciliation of members.
He added that the postponement was necessary to enable Ekweremadu to turn in. the report of his assignment.
“Without waiting for that report, and without considering the input of that report, it means that we have discarded and foreclosed the issue of the Ekweremadu Committee,’’ Metuh said.