– An expanded caucus meeting of the PDP held at the Yar’Adua Center, Abuja

– At the meeting, it was announced that the party would hold its national convention on August 17 in Port Haracourt

– The party constituted a committee which will look into zoning arrangement for national offices, with consideration of zoning the national chairman position to the south

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has fixed August 17, for its national convention to hold in Port Harcourt, the Rivers state capital.

A meeting of the expanded caucus of the PDP at the Shehu Yaradua centre in Abuja The announcement was made following an expanded national caucus meeting of the party at the Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Center, Abuja on Thursday, July 14. Several issues affecting the opposition party were discussed at the meeting and several decisions were taken.

A committee was set up to work out a new zoning arrangement for national offices, with the consideration of the national chairman zoned to the south as the party has already approved zoning for presidency to the north at the last national convention.

Also a national reconciliation committee headed by deputy Senate president, Ike Ekweremadu, was constituted to continue on the reconciliation efforts in the party ahead of the convention. The meeting was presided over by the chairman of the national caretaker committee, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, the secretary, Senator Ben Obi, and other members of the committee.

The meeting deliberated on several issues affecting the party Makarfi assured members of a peaceful resolution of the party’s leadership crisis within the next two weeks, adding that the factional chairman of the party, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff would be returning to the party.

In attendance were several leaders and other stakeholders of the party, such as, Ekweremadu, governors of Ondo, Gombe, Taraba, Rivers and Ekiti states, former governors, former ministers, former national officers and others.

The expanded Caucus meeting of the PDP Though Sheriff was absent at the meeting, one of his supporters, Senator Buruji Kashamu was in attendance, raising hope that the crisis rocking the party would be resolved soon. All the caucus members pledged to work with the national caretaker committee towards a successful forthcoming national convention.

The May 21 national convention of the party in Port Harcourt had a disastrous outcome as Sheriff was sacked as the party’s chairman and a caretaker committee headed by Makarfi was inaugurated. Sheriff who felt he was betrayed has been fighting the leadership of the party, insisting he remains the chairman of the party and that the caretaker committee was illegal.

The Federal High Court on Monday, July 4, ruled that the decision of the PDP to dissolve the Sheriff-led executive and appoint a caretaker committee, led by Markafi was not illegal.