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PDP extends tenure of officers



Ali Modu Sheriff

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday extended the tenure of its key officers, including its National Chairman, Ali Modu Sheriff, till May 21 when it would hold its national convention.

In a statement issued at the end of the party’s 69th National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting at the party’s National Secretariat in Abuja, the PDP “approved the extension of the tenure of office of all organs of the party at all levels until the
conduct of congresses and national convention. This is however with the
exception of Edo and Ondo states.”

The NEC meeting equally approved the time-table for the party’s congresses and national
convention to the effect that congresses would commence on Saturday, April 23, 2016 and culminate in the national convention on Saturday, May 21, 2016.”

The NEC also approved the party’s guidelines for congresses and the national convention which provided that the convention would hold in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

The meeting approved the setting up of four special committees in preparation for the convention. They are National Convention Committee, Reconciliation Committee, Zoning Committee and Finance Committee.

At the NEC meeting, the PDP said it “considered the erosion of fundamental human rights and constitutionally guaranteed personal liberty of Nigeria, especially its key leaders by the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led Federal Government and declared that:

* We condemned the incessant harassment, maltreatment and unlawful
incarceration of PDP leaders at various levels by government-controlled law enforcement and prosecution agencies; *We condemned the Friday, March 4, 2016 invasion and raiding of Ekiti State House of Assembly and subsequent arrest and continued detention of four PDP members of the House by the Department of State Services (DSS) on trumped-up charges;

* We demanded immediate and unconditional release of the four PDP members of the Ekiti House of Assembly by the DSS;

* We resolved to stand in solidarity with all Nigerians whose fundamental rights as citizens are being infringed upon by the Federal Government; and

*We called on the international community and all civil rights organizations world-wide to take note of the denial of fundamental human rights, abuse of liberties and freedom of individuals; and the rapid descent of Nigeria into totalitarianism.

The NEC meeting also condoled with the families of its 18 members who were murdered in Ogoni land in Rivers State as well as with the Federal Government and the government of Kogi State over the unfortunate death of the Minister of State for Labour, James Ocholi, and resolved to send a delegation to condole with his family.

The meeting of PDP NEC also congratulated all its members who won in their rerun elections, including former Senate President, Senator David Mark.

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